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It's Adobe's implementation of ECMAScript, which they call ActionScript(tm).
Make the creation tools OpenSource, then we can talk ;)
In the "It's a small world after all" dept, my wife was on the Macromedia Authorware team back in the days when they first introduced Flash and her group installed it in their product.
Seems like a decade ago, oh hell, it WAS a decade ago!
[edited by: incrediBILL at 5:04 pm (utc) on Nov. 7, 2006]
Check out: ANSI X3.110, NAPLPS -- it did a lot of what flash does --- and did it in the mid 1980's... and you could code it with a plain text editor.
I love when these companies junk up open standards, make it dependant on their own tools, (editor / parser / viewer), then pat themselves on the back when they give away some source under the guise of being "open" and supporting development -- the truth is flash will die when real "video" is mainstream and tools support it (no, I'm not talking about the buffered overdubbed stuff on YouTube).