Progressive Enhancement with Flash


As promised, here’s the presentation from yesterday at RIApt AUG, on a 30 minutes talk about why you should care about Progressive Enhancement and how it can be applied to websites developed with the Flash platform.

The sample code (with SWFObject, SWFAddress and XSLT samples) is also available for download.

Update: As Marcos rightfully points out, the Slideshare link isn’t that “accessible”. So here’s a PDF or ODP for download.

4 thoughts on “Progressive Enhancement with Flash

  1. Armando, loved the slides. Really. As a user, I wish more and more flash developers got acquainted with this way of using their technology. Actually, I find it a lot harder to achieve the same level of accessibility you get using html+css+javascript when you use flash. Even if you do it right. This because accessibility is more than an ON or OFF kind of thing.

    I might be fortunate enough not to need assistive technologies (and I do have a js+flash enabled browser) but I still have the need to be in control on whether a given link will open on the same window or if I prefer to open in a new tab/window. I also want to be able to pass a link to a friend and not having to explain him/her how to get to what I’m trying to share.

    Great of you to spread the good words on this flash embedding technique. Kudos, Armando. 🙂

  2. Hi there,

    I found out what’s the problem with the comments textarea. You’re defining it’s width by telling the number of columns it should have (50, in this case). So, if you’re using a screen that doesn’t have enough space to *show* 50 chars per line (which was my case) you stop seeing the characters you’re writing until you reach the 50 characters (thus changing lines).

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