YouTube by default will use its Flash video player even if you are using Safari or Chrome which supports HTML5 video. YouTube HTML5 video playback is in beta and is not enabled by default.
In order to use YouTube HTML5 video player, you need to visit YouTube site [http://www.youtube.com/html5](http://www.youtube.com/html5) to opt-in to enable this feature.
Adobe’s Flash is getting another hit. Online document sharing site [Scribd](http://www.scribd.com/) will start to convert its tens of millions of documents from Flash to HTML5 format.
Scribd co-founder and chief technology officer Jared Friedman: “We are scrapping three years of Flash development and betting the company on HTML5 because we believe HTML5 is a dramatically better reading experience than Flash. Now any document can become a Web page.”
Scribd will start with 200,000 of the most popular documents on its site to use HTML5, with eventually all documents on Scribd will be HTML5. Good news indeed for iPad owner who now has access to one major document resource on the web. It appears that the momentum to abandon Flash in favor of HTML5 has just up a notch with this move by Scribd.
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Google today started its largest yearly developer conference Google I/O 2009 with [announcements of new web initiatives and products](http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/pressrel/20090527-google-io.html) to enable and accelerate web application development. One of the key theme of this year’s two-day event is to promote open web technologies and new functionalities in HTML 5 standards.
HTML 5 standard is still work in progress with some expect the draft spec may not be rectified for years. However the latest build for all open standard browsers (Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome) has support for HTML 5 features such as rich animation, canvas 2D drawing, MIME type and protocol handler, offline storage database, in-browser editing and drag-and drop. HTML 5 represents the biggest leap of web standards in almost a decade.
“Bet on the web,” said Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Developer Products at Google. “Its rate of innovation has dramatically accelerated over the past 12 months, giving rise to an open web platform that’s fundamentally more capable and more sophisticated than even a year ago. The combination of HTML 5, a vibrant developer community, and the pervasiveness of modern web browsers is delivering a programming model and an end-user experience that will surprise and delight people.”
Beside unveiling Java support in App Engine and its Android Developer Challenge initiative, Google introduced [Google Web Elements](http://www.google.com/webelements) to the 4000 strong attendees. Google Web Elements are widgets of contents from Google such as Maps, News, YouTube as well as social networking features of Google Friend Connect. Web Elements make it easy to developer to add such functionality by just copying and pasting few lines of code.