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  SWF Is Not Flash (and Other Vectored Thoughts)
Subject:   Not quite unbiased enough yet
Date:   2002-05-22 07:47:05
From:   mesh
Response to: Not quite unbiased enough yet

re : swf / svg and devices


>Regarding mobile devices, SVG is already there in prototypes, and interests the giants of the sector (which have contributed very actively to the spec) more than SWF.


SVG may be in this space as a prototype, but the Flash player is already there, including, but not limited to:


Pocket PC
Nokia Communicator
PS2
sega dreamcast
3com audrey


and is also available across platforms:


windows
Linux
mac
hp-aix
solaris
QNX
etc...


also, swf files utilize gzip encoding.


re : flash as applications.


Flash is very capable of creating complex application front ends. In fact, with Flash MX this is rather simple. I realize that Flash has a reputation for being an animation tool, as that is where its origins lie, but i think developers need to look at what is possible with Flash today.

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  • Robin Berjon photo Not quite unbiased enough yet
    2002-05-22 12:14:47  Robin Berjon | [View]

    mesh: SVG may be in this space as a prototype, but the Flash player is already there, including, but not limited to:

    darobin: I meant prototype as in "not in widespread use" because few people have such devices as yet. But the players are most definitely there.

    mesh: Flash is very capable of creating complex application front ends. In fact, with Flash MX this is rather simple.

    darobin: As I said, I've been there several times and I'm *never* using SWF ever again now that I can use SVG. MX only adds a subset of the needs I've had, SVG has almost everything.