Even though its Flash technology is used as a punching bag by web standards fans, Adobe has been building tools that embrace HTML5. The company recently released its own HTML5 video player, and Adobe Illustrator and Dreamweaver CS5 now contain a number of new HTML5 export tools.
Now it seems Flash might be joining the party. At Adobe’s Max conference this week, Adobe engineer Rik Cabanier showed of a demo of tool that converts Flash animations to HTML5 (well, technically it looks like a combination of HTML5, CSS and images).
The video below, while not the best quality, shows the tool in action:
Keep in mind this is just a demo, not something that’s scheduled for release any time soon. It’s also worthy noting that, despite the claims of “HTML5,” the page generated appears to be using the XHTML 1.0 doctype. Clearly this is a work in progress.
Still, even if the final project generated the kind of messy markup you see in the video, just the ability to export your animations out of Flash, even if the final code needs some clean up, would be godsend for developers that want to move their complicated Flash animations to web standards that play on devices where Flash can’t run.
[via Adobe’s John Nack]