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Chapter 16. Building Web Pages with Flash > How Flash Works in the Browser

How Flash Works in the Browser

Flash content is plug-in–based media, following all the rules and restrictions of QuickTime, Shockwave, and the other media covered in the preceding chapter. The file format for online Flash movies is SWF (pronounced “swiff”). Most Flash media is created in the Macromedia Flash authoring program—although, since Macromedia opened up the format to other developers, more content is being developed in other programs as well. Viewing SWF movies requires the Flash Player, which is available as a plug-in and an ActiveX control. Macromedia estimates that 98% of the web-browsing public has some version of the Flash Player installed. Internet Explorer 6 for Windows comes with the ActiveX control preinstalled.

Like the plug-in media covered in the previous chapter, a Flash movie is embedded in an HTML page, using the object tag and the embed tag, to accommodate all browsers. The code looks like this:


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