Report: Apple To Animate Safari As Flash Alternative



Apple plans to offer all Safari users something already available to iPhone and iPod touch owners: animation. The new CSS Animation feature is part of the WebKit Apple may use to provide an alternative to Adobe’s Flash player, a report suggested Friday.

A development version of the Mac OS X Safari includes animated effects such as falling leaves and a box in motion, reports said.

For some time, programmers have used CSS Animation for the mobile version of Safari. The routines allow Web developers to present animated graphics and 3D effects, removing the need for complex JavaScript, according to MacRumors.

If Apple succeeds in getting animation included in the CSS standard used by developers, the move could threaten Adobe Flash, which currently is the dominate method for Web animation.

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