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How will the ending of flash support affect existing flash websites?
I noticed today that I.E. was ending support for flash and removing it from Windows entirely. I headed to Firefox and found essentially the same announcement.
I am wondering how Mozilla sees this affecting the existing web and why it is ostensibly being supported? My understanding is that a significant portion of the web makes use of flash and is no longer maintained, meaning that there will be no porting to html5. I know that the internet archives has started developing an alternative to flash in order to maintain the ability to view these websites. Why did Mozilla not go with that approach? Are there any links to discussion pages about this topic where I can read more about the decision?
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There is really no need to worry about the end of support for Adobe Flash in January 2021. Firefox doesn't need Flash for most sites. For example, YouTube doesn't use Flash any more. To get a sense of the impact of the end of Flash on your own browsing, consider how often you have seen this,
If that doesn't seem familiar, the sites you visit are not using Flash -- or you have been ignoring the Flash content on those sites. In those cases, you won't be missing anything by not having Flash.
Firefox displays an address bar icon and, in most cases, a Run Adobe Flash box where media content should be, if a site wants to use Flash. The Flash-formatted content will not run until you click the Run Adobe Flash box or the plugin icon in the address bar and allow Flash to run on that website (see this article for details).
If you do use content that runs on Flash -- for example, some online games -- you will lose access to that content unless or until the site updates it (hopefully they will soon). There is no substitute for the Flash player plugin; the content needs to be repackaged differently by the site.
Finally, if you are on Windows, please note that Microsoft plans to remove the Flash plugin from Windows through updates in January 2021 or afterwards. See: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/faq/adobe-flash-player#what-are-the-changes-expected-at-the-end-of-support
Are there any links to discussion pages about this topic where I can read more about the decision?
You can visit Adobe's Flash Player forum: https://community.adobe.com/t5/flash-player/bd-p/flash-player