At the dawn of the World Wide Web, websites powered by early versions of Hypertext Markup Language were very basic because of the limitations of the code.

In the latter half of the 1990s and into the early 2000s, an alternative appeared in the form of what is today known as Adobe Flash. Flash, for all its extraordinarily massive security flaws, turned boring websites into arguably more appealing sites. As a multimedia platform, Flash offered animation, rich internet applications and more, for a time enriching the Internet.

The age of Flash, though, has passed as HTML has provided an alternative path for rich internet content. Internet browsers have been disabling native support for Flash for years, but ultimately the final death notice comes today: Google LLC has announced that it will stop indexing sites using Flash by the end of the year.

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