A message to our readers about truth vs fiction

by: Bradley Wint on May 7th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

On  Monday April 3rd, we posted an article about Microsoft not supporting Flash in IE9. They then later made a post clarifying what they meant in the original post. It seems we did make an error in interpreting the first post. They made mention of HTML5 supporting H.264 video only, and how the paragraph was phrased, it gave us the impression that IE9 was not going to support Flash at all.

The future of the web is HTML5. Microsoft is deeply engaged in the HTML5 process with the W3C. HTML5 will be very important in advancing rich, interactive web applications and site design. The HTML5 specification describes video support without specifying a particular video format. We think H.264 is an excellent format. In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only.

Reading it over, it is clear that HTML5 and HTML5 only will support H.264 and nothing else, but they did not mention Flash being excluded. The next problem occurred when we failed to update the post on our site to make the correction. It eventually got out on the social networks and caused quite a negative stir. Some readers were kind enough to mention the error, but others quickly accused of us making up lies and controversy.

Seriously guys, we are in it for the long haul and making up news, especially in the tech world, is simply an idiotic idea. This isn’t Perez Hilton or one of those gossip sites where half the news is made up. If I truly wanted to make up stories, I would have worked for the Onion or Chive. We made a mistake and accept it, but want to make it clear that BlogTechnical is not about making up fake stories just to get cheap hits because in the long term, it won’t get us anywhere.

I think this will be the first and last time I have to make this point.

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