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Chapter 14. Assembling the Booking Appli... > A “Dispassionate” Look at the Differ...

A “Dispassionate” Look at the Differences

First off, if you are a Flash developer, we aren't suggesting you drop it in favor of Director MX. If you are a Director developer, we aren't going to play the “Flash is better” game. In some respects they are quite similar, and if your needs involve nothing more than simple tweening—the new timeline effects in Flash MX 2004 are something else—or basic interactivity, then using Director MX would be, as one author is fond of saying, “Using an atom bomb to light your BBQ.” If you are a Director MX user and your needs encompass interactive streaming media capabilities or database connectivity without the use of expensive plugins, then a Flash sprite on the stage is the solution. Still, there are some differences to consider.

Accessibility

If you live in the United States or Canada or reside in a member community of the European Union, accessibility is becoming a jurisdictional issue. There are federal legislative standards dealing with this issue, and for those residing in the United States, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which deals with web accessibility and disabled Americans, is still reverberating through the U.S. If you want to do work for the feds, you meet their accessibility standards. Though there are federal guidelines around this, the message is getting out, and soon the private sector and the educational sector will be insisting on accessibility.


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