Embrace the timeline….

On creating rich, flashy and immersive advertising experiences online by Owen van Dijk

The Google way of detecting Flash…

with 2 comments

“As much as Google loves and advocates the open web, there are still a few things that can be done with Flash. If you need to use Flash, you need to react gracefully if Flash is not installed.”

Read more at Google Doctype…

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Written by ohwhen

May 16, 2008 at 12:11 am

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  1. “… if Flash is not installed…” ??

    Maybe one person in a hundred does not have any SWF capability. And at the last audit, only a few weren’t on the current major version:
    http://www.adobe.com/products/player_census/flashplayer/version_penetration.html

    That JavaScript looks sort of bloat-y to impose on everyone just to check whether a few don’t have the usual surfing experience…?

    (I’m not sure why they’d even bother doing a version-check for Macromedia Flash Player 2!!)

    I think that test may also fail on plugin-using browsers like Opera, which can spoof their user_agent as MSIE.

    jd/adobe

    John Dowdell

    May 16, 2008 at 2:10 am

  2. Surely most of us are using swfobject by now? It’s good practice to check either way… and ideally serve up standards based content if Flash is unavailable.

    Tom H

    May 16, 2008 at 10:40 am


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