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Adobe offers device-agnostic HTML5 + Flash hybrid video player widget

There are plenty of people who just assumed Adobe and HTML5 would mix like oil and water -- thanks to the whole Flash Player thing. In truth, however, Adobe has been delivering Web development tools like Dreamweaver for quite some time -- so it stands to reason that they'd offer HTML5 goodies at some point.

Illustrator and Dreamweaver already received add-ons which bring HTML5 kung fu, and now Adobe has announced a widget which will cause some to think that they've lost their marbles.

It's a hybrid HTML5/Flash video widget. Says Adobe, "the limited browser support for the HTML5 <video> tag has forced web designers to scramble for a solution that would work across platforms as well as browsers." The new player switches seamlessly from HTML5 to Flash if the <video> tag isn't supported and works on any compatible browser -- desktop, mobile, TV, refrigerator -- you get the idea.

The release isn't really a surprise. After all, Adobe is a founding member of the Open Screen Project. To be truly "open screen," that means extending the olive branch to devices which don't run Adobe Flash in order to preserve a code-once-display-everywhere experience.

[via TechCrunch]

Tags: adobe, flash, html5, player, video, widget