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Part IIA: Basic Workshops > Ensuring That Users Have the Flash Player 6

Workshop Chapter 1. Ensuring That Users Have the Flash Player 6

It’s safe to say that most everything covered in this book is specific to Flash MX. This means that your audience must be equipped with Flash Player 6 or later. Although it’s possible to target older Flash Players using the Publish Settings (see Figure W1.1), selecting any option lower than Flash 6 causes much of the scripting capabilities to be off-limits. It’s actually possible to work in Flash MX and deliver to Flash 4 or Flash 3; there are just so many details that we’re not even going to discuss it. The fact is that at the beginning of 2002, about 98 percent of all Internet users had at least the Flash Player 3; even the relatively new Flash Player 5 has reached 85 percent. Although your Flash 6 movies might not work for these users, the solution outlined in this workshop will easily identify those users with anything less than the Flash Player 6 and provide alternatives for them. These alternatives range from a link to Macromedia (so that they can upgrade) to channeling them to a different version of your web page. The technique you’ll learn in this workshop uses Flash to identify which version of Flash the user has.

Figure W1.1. You can target old versions of Flash using the Publish Settings, but you won’t be able to use most Flash MX features.



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