What stands behind sophisticated layouts, animations and features are often alternatives to Adobe Flash. In this glossary, we present the most important ones.


In online reports, JavaScript is often used for videos and interactive tools. For example this web technology is used for the Chart Generator, interactive process graphics and CEO videos. In contrast to Flash, JavaScript-based solutions also work on mobile Apple devices and can furthermore be optimised by means of Responsive Design. Amongst other things JavaScript supports touchscreen applications and new video formats. In addition, this script language also shows particularly good results in terms of performance and lower security risks.


HTML5 is an open-source web standard. It makes browsers work for the latest multimedia technologies, making the Web more independent of proprietary programmes. This standard is supported by all common mobile browsers and facilitates the implementation of complex reporting projects. Some specific elements for video files, which can be specified in one or more formats, have been introduced in HTML5. The different browsers can therefore choose the format that is most appropriate for them.


CSS3 significantly facilitates the styling of elements in HTML reports. Some animations can be implemented particularly well with this tool. In contrast to Flash or other proprietary solutions, no plugins need to be loaded when CSS3 is used.

Media Queries

Media Queries were introduced as a concept together with CSS3. Instead of limiting online reports to a certain target medium, Media Queries allow an individual selection of the type of the device and its properties, including browser size, screen resolution or colour depth. Media Queries are thus a crucial prerequisite for Responsive Design.


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