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Part IV: Pulling It All Together: Implem... > Browser and Platform Idiosyncrasies

Chapter 26. Browser and Platform Idiosyncrasies

The common claim that Flash 5 is completely browser- and platform-independent is a little bit of an oversimplification. It’s true that Flash movies can be played on any Web browser—regardless of the operating system—as long as the Flash Player is installed. The caveat is that the authoring and player software are not available on every operating system or for every browser.

Your first stop when dealing with any technical issues in Flash should be the TechNotes and tutorials on Macromedia’s Web site. Just browse to www.macromedia.com/ support/flash. The top TechNotes are listed at the top of the page; there are also links there to the TechNote index. This chapter summarizes a lot of the browser/platform issues that you’ll see discussed there.

In this chapter, you take a look at these topics:

  • Authoring and browser software requirements. Although Flash content is viewable on any browser that has the plug-in installed, not every browser supports the plug-in. Currently the authoring environment is limited to Windows and Macintosh platforms.

  • Browser-detection schemes. You can detect whether your users have Flash-enabled browsers in a number of ways. If the users don’t, you can redirect them to another page or help them download the plug-in.

  • Windows- and Macintosh-specific issues. You need to be aware of certain issues when using Flash with either platform. Check here before you start pulling your hair out.



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