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Pointless use of flash on support webpages

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Pointless use of flash on support webpages

I have no idea why someone would decide to use flash to display what should presumably be a simple piece of text. It doesn't really work very well if you have the flash plugin configured as click to activate.
Edit: For example URL: http://www.plus.net/support/broadband/speed_guide/index.shtml?supporta=speedguide
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

Do you mean the bits in the screen headings?  They aren't showing as flash for me.  Looking at the source there isn't anything particularly special about them:
<h3 class="fullBoxHeader txtHeader"><span>Getting Started</span></h3>

Phil
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

You didn't look deep enough!
<object id="sIFR_replacement_1" class="sIFR-flash" width="127" height="25" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" name="sIFR_replacement_1" data="/assets/vagrounded.swf"></object>
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

Ah right.  That isn't on that page for me.  I think we may have seen differences in support pages between business and residential before.  Something to do with the stylesheets when printing maybe?
Phil
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

Did you delve down fully in to the class?
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

Yep, no sign of it for me.
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

I'll flag this up to the Web Team, ejs.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused by it.
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

Also consider that Flash does not work on iApple devices due to technology licensing arguments!  Roll eyes
TORPC
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

Well spotted / remembered / researched Townman Wink
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

Also on this page
http://www.plus.net/support/service/network_performance/network-latency.shtml
flash block to the rescue again Roll eyes
also adobe stopped official support for it in jellybean..

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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

With plugin allowed

With Plugin Blocked

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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

The page will display fine if you don't have flash installed. It's only a problem if you have flash installed but set for click to activate. Still seems fairly pointless to use flash just to display a piece of text.
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

a simple [code=HTML]<p>TAG</p> [/code]would suffice Wink
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

Quote from: TORPC
Well spotted / remembered / researched Townman Wink

Working knowledge - one reason I've never used flash in web site developments - iApple is becoming very predominant / the browser of choice, so there is little point developing websites using unsupported technologies... especially to display what is otherwise plain text which would be better rendered via CSS / CSS3.
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Re: Pointless use of flash on support webpages

Applies to all 3 then Wink Grin