The relationship between web browser and web page has always been tumultuous. Language and protocol standards smooth over some of the roughest areas, but the brains of web developers are still crammed full with obscure rules, exceptions to those rules, and lost causes to avoid entirely. Yet even among the agitation, the basic principles of the relationship have always been clear – it’s the browser’s responsibility to make the act of browsing fade into the background, and it’s the duty of the web page to entertain, educate, and work on the user’s behalf.
With its announcement that Chrome will “intelligently pause” Flash content to preserve battery life, Google seems to have stepped over this traditional line, asserting control over page content. This new level of control is significant. Learn more!