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"best browser ever" - without Flash and Javascript support?

Flash as seen in the iPod browserAccording to the Adobe Flash Platform Blog, the new iPad's Web browser, promoted as "the best browsing experience you've ever had," will not support Flash content any more than the current iPhone and iPod Touch browsers do.  Says author Adrian Ludwig,

"without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of web content, including over 70% of games and 75% of video on the web.  If I want to use the iPad to connect to Disney, Hulu, Miniclip, Farmville, ESPN, Kongregate, or JibJab -- not to mention the millions of other sites on the web -- I'll be out of luck."

Personally, I could take or leave most Flash content, although an hour ago it was handy to be able to visit the Web site of the coffee shop I'm now sitting in on my Android phone -- try it on your iPhone.  What concerns me more as a professional Web developer is whether the iPad browser will have better support for Javascript than the current crop of mobile browsers.

What's that you say?  The iPhone browser has great Javascript support?  You're right, for the most part, but try posting a comment to this blog entry.  Although the rich-text editor shows up on screen, you can't type in it.  (Hint: disable the rich-text editor, and then you can type.)  And it's not just our editor... there is *no* Javascript rich-text editor that works in Mobile Safari.  The problem is not specific to the iPhone -- my Android phone has the same problem -- but people are going to expect more from "the best browsing experience [they]'ve ever had."

Now, I don't have the most recent version of the iPhone SDK, so it's possible this problem has already been resolved.  If so, please set me straight.  But until then, the best browsing experience will involve disabling the rich-text editor whenever you post to our site or tens of thousands of others.

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