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Chapter 16. Delivering Movies to Your Au... > Using HTML for Alternative Images

Using HTML for Alternative Images

Although most of your viewers will have access to the plug-ins that they need to view your Flash movies, some may not. You can make at least some of your site available to them by providing alternative image files for their browsers to display. If you’re using Flash animations for a simple Web banner, for example, you could use an animated GIF to re-create that banner for viewers who lack the Flash plug-in. The other alternative files types are JPEG, PNG, and QuickTime.

To publish HTML for displaying an animated GIF:

Open the Flash document for which you want to create an alternative GIF image.

Choose File > Publish Settings. The Publish Setting dialog box appears.

In the Formats tab, choose GIF Image (.gif) and HTML (.html).

Set the options for Flash as described in “Working with Flash Player Settings” earlier in this chapter.

In the HTML tab, from the Template pop-up menu, choose any of the “Detect for” templates (Figure 16.30).

Figure 16.30. All of the “Detect for” HTMLtemplates will display alternative images if your viewer doesn’t have access to the specified version of Flash Player. When you choose one of these templates, you must also choose one of the alternative formats, such as GIF.

These templates allow Flash to create an HTML document that uses JavaScript to check the viewer’s browser for the specified version of Flash Player. If that version, or a later version, is not available, the HTML calls for a display of the animated GIF that you’re about to set up and publish.

Set the other HTML options as described in “Publishing HTML for Flash Player Files” earlier in this chapter.

In the GIF tab (Figure 16.31), set GIF options as described in the following exercises.

Figure 16.31. Click the GIF tab of the Publish Settings dialog box to access the options for creating a static or animated GIF for your alternative image.

Click Publish.



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