If you’re embedding flash in a web site, use this script

Man, if I had found SWFObject a couple of weeks ago, it would’ve saved a lot of pain.

This script generates cross-browser, version checking flash embedding tags on your website. It gets around the nasty “click to activate this control” thing that comes with IE. Apparently this has something to do with a patent dispute, of all things!

It’s really simple to add the code to your page. And if a visitor fails the plugin/version check, it can display alternate content. You can see my implementation of the code on David Thomas’ Graphic Design site
I just thought I’d post about this here, so maybe someone will stumble upon it, or it will boost the site’s google ranking, or something.

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One Response to If you’re embedding flash in a web site, use this script

  1. […] Using SWFObject to only show the flash movie on recent players got around this. Users with old players just see an imagemap with js rollovers. Then I discovered that more recent macs (Safari 2+ on 10.4) didn’t play the rollover animations correctly. It seemed that the browser was calling the onmouseover and onmouseout events simulaneously. Arrgh! Fixed it with some js broswer detection – something I try to avoid doing unless my back is against a wall. […]

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