Uncovering the Why Behind HMTL5 in AV Control

Solutions with Adobe Flash Will No Longer be Supported

Many AV control systems rely on Adobe Flash to render user interface designs. These solutions, developed from manufacturers’ proprietary tools, must not only run on dedicated touchpanels, but require compatibility with modern web browsers for universal access and mobility. While the Flash solution provides consistency and rapid development, its viability will soon be diminished and an alternative approach will be required.

What is Flash?

Flash is a multimedia software platform used to produce animations, desktop applications, and mobile games and applications. Flash graphics and animations are viewed in a browser through use of Flash Player and AIR for viewing desktop and mobile apps. Adobe AIR technology enables developers to create and package cross platform applications for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS.

HTML5: A Flash Alternative

HTML5, the fifth and current version of the HTML standard, is a markup language used to structure and present webpages. It was developed to provide a greater Web experience for everyone. One of the notable benefits of HTML5 is that it’s mobile ready and responsive, meaning that content will automatically adjust on mobile devices and respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform, and orientation.

  • HTML, which provides the structure
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which take care of presentation
  • JavaScript, which makes things happen

The Result

HTML5 provides not only the alternative to a platform facing deprecation, it also provides the solution for the growing demand for mobile-friendly solutions in modern business.

What’s Next?

While providing an HTML5 solution would be seemingly commonplace for a traditional website, there are requirements and limitations specific to developing an AV control system user interface. Additionally, like with developing websites, there is more than one route that can be taken to achieve a solution with pros and cons of each to be considered.

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Steve Greenblatt

Steve Greenblatt

entrepreneur, AV control solutions [Crestron, AMX, RTI, Extron, URC, Control4], business owner. Interests: sports, business, technology, podcasts, social media