Apple Highlights iPad-ready Web Sites

Apple added a new page to its Web site on Thursday highlighting companies that have Web sites offering content in iPad-compatible formats. The list shows off sites that are offering video content in HTML5 format instead of Flash, and includes CNN, Reuters, the New York Times, Time, Vimeo, Flickr, and more.

“iPad features Safari, a mobile web browser that supports the latest web standards — including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript,” Apple’s Web page states.

Apple is also looking for more sites that offer HTML5-based content in addition to, or instead of, Flash content. There’s even a form site managers can complete to get on the list.

Apple has been pushing to get companies to drop Flash support in favor of CSS and HTML5 for multimedia content for some time. The iPhone, iPod touch, and the soon to be released iPad don’t offer Flash support despite Adobe’s desire to include its ubiquitous multimedia format on the devices.

While Apple’s iPad-ready Web site list will be handy for customers come Saturday, April 3, when the multimedia tablet and ebook reader goes on sale, it also looks a little like another instance of Apple reaffirming its anti-Flash stance.