By Patrick Keys
Last revised May 24, 2010.
Transtelligent.com has never used any Flash in Transtelligent's entire ten year company history. Our website has proudly stayed 1oo% Flash-Free from the beginning. We encourage you to verify this by checking with the Internet Archive: Archive.org's History of Transtelligent.com.
Lets travel back in time to the mid-1990's. From it's beginning, Flash was always a product rather than a technology. Originally developed by a company named Macromedia in the mid-1990's, Flash started as a product called "Shockwave" that was intended for quickly developing multimedia presentations that could be distributed on CD-ROM. As the Internet began exploding in popularity in the mid-1990's, Shockwave was remarketed as a platform for Internet-based programs that could run on any operating system (for example, Microsoft Windows, Apple OS, Linux, etc.). "Shockwave" was effectively renamed "Flash" to distinguish it's intended market for Internet developers from the multimedia developers using "Shockwave".
HTML was not a standard technology when the web's popularity began exploding in the mid-1990's. Different web browsers were implementing HTML features differently. Therefore, there was no way to guarantee a consistent look in different browsers. For example, a web page that viewed properly in Netscape Navigator was not necessarily viewable in Microsoft Internet Explorer. Because there were no reliable standards for web development when the Internet began exploding in the mid-1990's, and because Flash apps could run on any browser that had the Flash player, Flash quickly caught on as a "shelter from the storm" for designing websites that looked consistent on all web browsers.
Flash development is proprietary and not well-maintained. Flash content forces users to waste time by waiting on Flash applets to download. Flash content has never been fully accessible for search-engine optimization or disabled users. Flash is also not able to properly display on the rapidly expanding market of mobile devices and smartphones.
Flash was intended to offer developers a standard way to develop a web page at a time when standards for web development simply did not exist. Today, there are legitimate web standards and web standards organizations that work to make sure that developers can develop web pages that have a consistent design regardless of the user's web browser, operating system, or device.
Flash continues to become less popular as internet-enabled devices become more popular. People continue to use the internet on devices other than desktop computers and laptops. Such devices commonly use less power, have smaller displays, and use touchscreens rather than a keyboard and pointing device. Flash, by contrast, was never intended to be used on anything other than a complete personal computer. Therefore, Flash is a bad investment for developers because developing a site using Flash inherently means that the site will not be viewable at all to a large market of potential users.
Additionally, Flash is a proprietary product manufactured by a company (Adobe). What that means to developers and users is that the ability to properly use Flash on any device necessarily requires waiting on Adobe to release a Flash player for that particular device.
Transtelligent Corporation is proud of our commitment to never have any Flash on our site. We are further proud of our recommendation to our clients and customers that they also avoid Flash in order to avoid wasting development costs on a dying standard. Our confident determination that avoiding Flash enhances product value is yet another benefit we offer.