Re: view flash website
Shawn H. Corey a écrit :
Benjamin Cama wrote:
The only solution, if you want the original Adobe stuff, would be for
them to open-source it, but I am very doubtfull about it.
The strange thing is that Adobe did open source Postscript and PDF. Why
don't they do Flash too?
It depends on what do you mean by "open", and what was opened.
Postscript and PDF are open specifications : everyone is free to
implement them. But Adobe didn't "open" any implementation : Adobe
Acrobat Reader is proprietary software, for example.
Concerning Flash, the specifications have recently been "opened" : they
were already public before, but with restrictions on the
implementations, like forbidding the implementation of a Flash player
... (Tough I don't understand how one can forbid anyone to implement
something out of a specification ...). So, today, one could implement a
Flash player "freely". That's not simple as it bears a lot of
backward-compatibility tricks, but it is theorically possible (look at
gnash and swfdec). But that won't be enough for youtube videos : the
proprietary Flash codec (don't know which one they're using today) is
still a closed-source, closed specification one. You may have a better
chance with H264 streams, though (I don't know how much of them youtube
has as of today).