The Guardian notes this, and gives a nod to Apple’s well-known refusal to support Flash on its mobile devices, as they explain how they put together their interactive on how British soldiers have died in Afghanistan.
The original Flash version fetched data from an XML document. The updating process was fairly long-winded, requiring a developer to update the XML then upload it along with new images. Now, journalists can update a public Google Spreadsheet and use existing editor tools to upload appropriate images. They then publish the spreadsheet and the application fetches a JSON object from the spreadsheet’s Atom feed on page load, resulting in live updates with no involvement from anyone on the development team…