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Flash to HTML5 Conversion

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Flash to HTML5 Conversion

Right from the time Steve Jobs announced that Apple devices would not support flash plug-ins, the concept of HTML5 assumed significance. Later when Adobe announced that it had stopped the development and support of flash for android versions, it made HTML5 even more significant.

HTML5 is a stack of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Since IOS devices do not support Flash, HTML5 support makes it possible for eLearning developers to deliver courses straight to learners’ iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices. It is a unique application that does not require any third-party plug-ins to play videos 2d, 3d graphics in browsers compatible with it.

This became the prime reason why most of the organizations are considering HTML5 learning content to deliver their eLearning on mobile devices such as iPads, tablets and smartphones.

Organizations moving to HTML5 could consider the following factors for successful migration.

Browser compatibility

The latest versions of the most popularly used browsers such as Google Chrome;Safari and Firefox are compatible with the features (essential for eLearning courses like image, text, animations) of HTML5. Older versions of Internet Explorer like IE6, IE7 and IE8 do not support.

Rapid authoring tools

In the eLearning world, there is a proliferation of rapid authoring tools due to the demand of faster development times. Developing the course using these tools does not require software or coding to publish in HTML5. By default, most of the tools have html5 publishing options.

Major rapid authoring tools having the following HTML5 publishing options:

1. Articulate Storyline

2. Captivate

3. Lectora

4. iSpring

Converting your existing flash-based eLearning courses

Converting your existing flash-based courses to HTML5 is a complex task. There are many authoring tools that accept flash-based courses and publish it to HTML5. But the transition is not smooth and the output may not be satisfactory. But with some limitations, the courses can be re-engineered and converted. For example, some complex flash animations are hard to convert, so they can be converted to HTML5 videos (To know more you may join the Commlab India webinar on “Migration from Flash to HTML5” on 21st of this month).

There are many other considerations you ought to consider. Please do share your thoughts!

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