Resource Scan: From Flash to HTML5

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Need or problem

Adobe Flash is still used in much of the content we create at my workplace and this is starting to become problematic since its demise is rapidly approaching. This is apparent in the fact that Flash is not support on Apple iOS and browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox have started blocking it be default. This has even led to support calls from costumers having trouble access our content. Due to this, I started looking at ways of moving our content over to HTML5. In doing so, I need to show the business value this provides. I had several key questions that guided my research. First, how can HTML5 be used to create engaging eLearning? And second, how might existing Flash content be converted?

Search method

I begin my search by looking up key terms in the Auraria database such as “HTML5 eLearning” and “Flash to HTML5.” This was my first time using Auraria and I was really surprised by how much I was able to find, even on my topic. One person my initial research led me to was Paul Krill, who seemed to have many Journal Articles related to Flash and HTML5. A look at his stuff led me to one of the resources below.

I tried Google Scholar next, which I’ve always used in the past, but most of papers I’ve found generally required me to purchase them. I found “From flash to HTML5: The eLearning evolution” for a price, but then I did a Google search and was able to find the article for free on another site.

Even though I found a lot of good content regarding the pros and cons of HTML5, one thing I hadn’t found through my library search was how to actually convert existing Flash content over. I decided to check out Adobe’s website and community forums for this because Flash is an Adobe product and Adobe themselves have even started creating ways of moving to HTML5.

Resources

Adobe. (2017, November 17). Publish projects as HTML5 files with Adobe Captivate. Retrieved from https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/publish-projects-html5-files.html

Contained a step-by-step guide to publishing Adobe Captivate files as HTML5 including best practices. Not all objects are supported in HTML5 output and these were identified as well.

Bokhari, M. U., Aldheleai, H. F., & Tamandani, Y. K. (2016). Building better E-learning environment using HTML5. IEEE Explore Digital Library. ISBN: 978-9-3805-4421-2.

The eLearning courses I professionally create often have to be deployed to multiple devices and screen sizes such as a computers, tablets, and smartphones. This paper discussed how HTML5 delivery is ideal for cross platform compatibility and how it’s beneficial for poor or unstable internet connections. Some issues such as security and privacy were also discussed.

Hu, M. (2017, July 25). What to expect when converting Flash to HTML5 | Adobe Blog [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://theblog.adobe.com/what-to-expect-when-converting-flash-to-html5/

This interview ended up being an advertisement for Adobe Animate CC, but this program is included in my Creative Cloud subscription, but it was interesting to gain some additional insight in to when I might want to convert old projects to HTML5 or just recreate them from scratch.

Jackson, W., & SpringerLink (Online service). (2016). HTML5 quick markup reference. Berkeley, CA: Apress. doi:10.1007/978-1-4302-6536-8

Wasn’t expecting to find a full ebook on HTML5 available in the online Auraria databases, but as a developer getting started with HTMl5, I thought this could be a great reference for the future. It contained a whole index of tips and tricks for coding with HTML5.

Krill, P. (2016, September 15). Flash vs. HTML5: The last stand. InfoWorld.com. Retrieved from http://link.galegroup.com.aurarialibrary.idm.oclc.org/apps/doc/A481397060/ITOF?u=auraria_main&sid=ITOF&xid=ee7ee6b4

This was a quick article comparing the pros and cons of HTML5. For example, while Flash allows for capabilities such as access to a webcam, HTML5 requires specific permissions. This could be seen as a feature gap for HTML5 or as a security hole for Flash.

Reyna, J. (2012). From flash to HTML5: The eLearning evolution. Training & Development, 39(5), 28

The author discussed the integration of HTML5 and CSS and the importance of mobile devices. Many applications that use to support exporting to Flash, now have the ability to export to HTML5 as well.

Takeaway

  1. I’m out of state and wasn’t very aware of the online Auraria databases until this class. There is a lot of research to be found if the correct keywords are used. I started a bit broad with my search terms, but even after adding additional keywords I was surprised by how much I was able to find.
  2. When using the Auraria Library, there were also a few resources that looked promising at first. It wasn’t until I clicked on the full text to read the abstract or introduction that I discovered it wasn’t a good resource. The result below for example seemed hopeful, but upon visiting it I realized that it was just a press release. I tried searching for the eBook, but it appears to have been taken offline.
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