September 15, 2006
The Pumphouse Design and Building Works web site is now live – after some pfaffing (with a “p”) to get it not to fail too badly in IE5.2/Mac. I’m pretty happy with it – all layout done in largely W3C compliant CSS/XHTML, with a nifty sliding menu system that should work out to be search engine friendly, and all.
Matt and Anna build lovely homes in a sustainable way from natural and recycled material. I wish them all the best.
September 11, 2006
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.
August 18, 2006
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.