I have a love/hate relationship with Apple as many of you well know. I have been a card-carrying Mac user since I first used a LC II at the Canton Public Library all the way to my 15″ MacBook Pro, arguably the best laptop I have ever used.
But I am really discouraged by the news feeds today. I read about Virgin Atlantic’s decision to remove Flash on their website so that it would work better with the iPhone.
I don’t have an iPhone and it’s not because I don’t like the iPhone. It’s because I don’t like the culture that has been created around it. The fact that a company would alter their entire website to work on a phone that few people access on their mobiles is beyond me. Going so far as to suggest that Flash is “limiting” is beyond Saturn (the planet). Without it, web video sites like YouTube and Vimeo wouldn’t have taken off as much as it has.
On the other hand, moving websites away from Flash makes sense. I am encoraged by a future in which HTML5 sites replaced platform-specific apps to deliver a consistent browser experience across devices and platforms.
And that’s the reason VA should have given: design once and reuse. But let’s do it for the right reasons… Not because you want to pander to one device and manufacturer.
Virgin: Wipe the brown stuff on your nose. Steve obviously stopped too quickly.