I come to bury Flash, not to praise it, writes Matt May in this excellent thread about the end of Adobe Flash. Not so long ago, web designers used Flash to create striking visuals and animations and games. But shortly after that, it began to replace HTML and CSS which caused a ton of accessibility problems. Most Flash websites weren’t navigable by keyboard and screen readers couldn’t parse them at all.
Matt describes this core problem at the very heart of Flash: the fact that it excluded so many people from the web back then.
Every day we write code, we’re deciding who is welcome and who is not.