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Re: Flash and accessibility


From: Dean Hamack
Date: Dec 22, 2008 11:15AM

In your case, I don't think providing users a choice is practical. But you
should never have your navigation solely in Flash, because it hurts your
search engine rankings, and doesn't work on most mobile devices.

Here's what I would do in your situation:

1. Use swfobject.js to detect Flash. If the user doesn't have Flash, give
them the html menu instead

2. Set the wmode parameter of your Flash movie to transparent. Someone
pointed out earlier that if you do that, Screenreaders can't find the Flash
movie. But they will have no problem picking up the HTML menu.

On 12/22/08 8:26 AM, "Peter Weil" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> What specific technique(s) do people recommend for providing end-users
> with the choice of viewing the Flash content or the html/css version?
> Can anyone provide any examples?