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I'm a newbie who is trying make Flash more accessible by integrating regular (x)html as much as possible using links, etc. So the layout is css styles used to merge the Flash and regular content.
Is this the direction I should be taking?
I dont think there is a RIGHT way as such...
If you mean in terms of accessibility there are some basic good practices to follow - see the W3C Guidelines for Accessibility.
The rules I follow in building sites is that if the flash content is a menu or holds vital information for visitors, I offer a text alternative (this will cover for those with screen readers, and or those with flash blocked)
Mostly though I use flash to enhance my sites , i.e. not for the navigation (unless there is something a client wants that can only be done using flash) and build using CSS, I find that I can get some very nice results intergrating both tools.
One recent example - I made an interactive quiz for a charity who support people suffering from genetic disorders, the quiz was built in flash, but I also made sure we had a text alternative availible with the same content..
If I have missed your point, let me know and I will try again...
Best of luck