By the end of 2020, Adobe have said they’ll stop supporting Flash. As a result, your eLearning content that’s built around this plugin will essentially be, obsolete. So with three years notice, I’d like to ask you a question - what’s your plan for eLearning after Flash is gone?
“we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020
and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content”
Adobe - July 2017
Flash has been with us for some 21 years and become the dominant platform for viewing multimedia content on the internet, but it’s not all been plain sailing. Security issues have been a regular bugbear, whilst resource usage has been another.
Apple have been openly critical of the software since 2010, but more recently browser suppliers such as Mozilla, Microsoft and Google have been making things that little bit more awkward for users by tweaking how the player runs within the browser.
With the growing use of HTML5 as the standard for web multimedia content, Adobe have bitten the bullet and given users, developers and organisations three years to make the switch to other formats.
2020 may seem like your target date, but some caution is advised. Mozilla (suppliers of the Firefox browser) have announced that from 2019, Flash will be disabled by default, and then from 2020, no version of Firefox will load the plugin. If other browser suppliers follow suit, then not only will your Flash content be obsolete, it will just cease to operate.
If you are a site author relying on Flash to deliver video, games, chat, etc., getting up to speed with web platform alternatives would be a sensible move.
If you’re looking to buy eLearning content or managing it in your organisation, then you’ve basically got three years to put a strategy together and implement it so you can replace your legacy Flash content.
To gauge the readiness of the eLearning community for handling life after Flash, we’ve put together a short survey - the results of which we'll share at our Glasgow Meet-up in December.