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kim meraz
swf plays fine in Firefox, not playing in IE or Safari
on Apr 23, 2009 at 9:03:30 pm

I have two webpages that have SWF files that play just fine when using Firefox
http://houston.ponyclub.org/
scroll to the bottom and see jumping text flash
the other page is http://houston.ponyclub.org/houston.html
It doesn't work in IE or Safari, just a white box there.
I've uninstalled and reinstalled Flash and Shockwave player...I've run a special patch on XP...nothing seems to be working.
HELP.


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Pieter Helsen
Re: swf plays fine in Firefox, not playing in IE or Safari
on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:43:26 pm

Your best bet would be that something is wrong with the embed code.
I suggest using SWFObject rather than the default flash embed code you are using right now (although that should also work without a problem normally speaking...)

Kind regards,
Pieter

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Graham Quince
Re: why WSFObject
on Apr 24, 2009 at 7:25:09 am

Hi Pieter,

Just saw your above post and wondered why you prefer SWFObject?

As soon as that click-to-activate business started I grabbed hold of SWFObject and used it extensively, but then once FLash started generating it's own version (admittedly with larger bodies of code) I just switched to that. Does SWFobject offer something that AC_RunActiveContent.js doesn't?

Graham

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Pieter Helsen
Re: why WSFObject
on Apr 24, 2009 at 11:43:06 am

Admittedly, I use it more as a matter of habit than anything else, but I particularly like SWFObject's way of passing FlashVars into Flash. Performance-wise there are little to no differences between the two.

Kind regards,
Pieter

General notice: from now on, I would like to ask everyone to put [AS2] or [AS3] (corresponding to the version of actionscript you are using on your project) in front of their post titles when the question is actionscript related! Please help us help you faster. Thank you.


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Mike Smith
Re: swf plays fine in Firefox, not playing in IE or Safari
on Apr 25, 2009 at 9:11:11 am

Both of your example pages are playing fine on IE here by now (April 25)

It's always worth starting browser compatibility testing knowing that your code is valid html - but both these pages fall over on that. Test for yourself at http://validator.w3.org/

Why is validation important? Web pages use a standard range of code to specify what you - the designer - want to appear on a browser screen. It can be hard enough to get valid code to look as you want in a range of browsers. With code that does not comply with standards, the browser has to take a guess at what you meant, and render a page in line with that best guess. Each browser can handle non-compliant code as it sees fit - it's only a guess as to what you meant ... see http://webdesign.about.com/b/2009/01/18/how-important-is-validation.htm
or http://diveintomark.org/archives/2003/05/05/why_we_wont_help_you
or http://validator.w3.org/docs/why.html

For posting valid html with Flash, current practice veers between encapsulating in javascript ( not neat for the smallish percentage without js or with it turned off) or some version or variant of the Flash Satay technique ...
http://www.alistapart.com/articles/flashsatay

Possible javascript sources / starting points include
http://www.puidokas.com/how-to-properly-embed-flash/
http://perishablepress.com/press/2007/04/17/embed-flash-or-die-trying/
http://blog.deconcept.com/2004/10/14/web-standards-compliant-javascript-fla...



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