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Flash pluggin sniffer
to substitute flash for an image if no pluggin

 1:27 pm on Jun 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Can someone point me to a good flash pluggin sniffer?

- Detect if flash pluggin on browser.
- If no pluggin replace my flash item with my image.

On this website I do not want to direct visitors to get the pluggin. If they don't have it, its because they don't want it.



 3:00 pm on Jun 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

You might want to have a look at Colin Moock's site - he's got a fairly comprehensive version detection script there that you might be able to adapt - and he should be the man that knows!


 3:33 pm on Jun 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

It seems to be mostly about action script.

I need something for people without Flash on their browsers.


 9:09 pm on Jun 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Not so long ago, I asked a question about tooltips on a flash object [webmasterworld.com...] Tedster replied linking me to something called the "Satay method", and this requires stripping the <embed> tag. This also allow you to embed elements in the <object> tag, and that would solve your problem. It is all explained in ted's link, but I tried it and gave up I'm afraid... after half an hour though ;)

WOW I just became a full member!


 9:22 pm on Jun 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can use a javascript function to check if the flash plugin is available. Then place the flash element inside of the script in the js file, and add a condition that says to use an a <noscript> tag and an image if the flash isn't there.

We use this method in several places where people have wanted flash navigation and images. By using the noscript, the search engine spiders can still see links that you want them to follow.


 11:31 am on Jun 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

That sounds like the kind of thing I'm looking for. Please post an example.

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