Interesting article from O’Reilly Network and Jacek Artymiak. He writes about SWF and takes the time to inform people about the openess of the file format, and how it compares to SVG etc.
Many interesting quotes from the article. I thought I would quote a couple:
True, raw SWF is just as comprehensible as an .EXE file. To understand it, we have to use an SWF parser. But is that a problem? Graphics or animation are very different from text encased in HTML, and being able to view the raw code of an image does not make it any easier to understand, no matter what file format is used.
And there’s a lot to like about Flash: one platform to develop for, no need to worry about the Web-safe color palette, all components can be bundled into a single file, good authoring tools, support for forms, an XML parser, and a powerful programming language.