A developer who goes by the pseudonym pakastin has opened a page on GitHub with a petition to open source the Flash spec.
"Flash is an important piece of Internet history and killing Flash means future generations can't access the past. Games, experiments and websites would be forgotten," he wrote.
"Open sourcing Flash spec would be a good solution to keep Flash projects alive safely for archive reasons. Don't know how, but that's the beauty of open source: you never know what will come up after you go open source!
He said he understood that there were licensed components that could not be released. "Simply leave them out with a note explaining what was removed. We will either bypass them, or replace them with open source alternatives."
The developer pointed out that there were some projects that had tried to preserve Flash but they were not complete because the Flash spec was not open.