Scribd Swaps Flash For HTML5

Scribd has announced that it will be moving to an HTML 5-based web platform after two years using Adobe Flash. The popular document sharing website stated that the HTML 5 deployment will be the first of its kind, with the whole web site running on HTML 5 web standards.

The news comes after a difficult few weeks for Adobe, which have seen its Flash software dumped from Apple's iPhone and iPad. Apart from adopting the new web standards, the new and improved Scribd will provide support for both Microsoft Office and Google Docs documents.

Jared Friedman, co-founder and chief technology officer at Scribd said: “We were abandoning a two-year investment in Flash technology, and for a totally unproven idea. Honestly, it wasn't an easy decision... In Scribd's case, though, we got lucky, and it actually works great.”

The document sharing website, which has more than 50 million users, will be using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for formatting and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) for web graphics along with the HTML 5 Canvas Technology for 2D graphics.