That said, the real meat of the HTML5 spec is its new application programming interfaces (APIs), each promising new goodies to Web users and developers alike. Just as earlier versions of HTML allowed images to be embedded in websites, HTML5 includes a system for embedding videos, without the need for slow, buggy plug-ins like Adobe Flash. There has been some infighting about the specifics of how HTML5 video should work, but that didn't stop Steve Jobs from throwing his full weight behind it, going so far as to proclaim in a public posting that Flash is "no longer necessary." Indeed, the iPad became one of the first devices to exclusively use HTML5 to play embedded Web videos, and doesn't seem to suffer much for it.
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