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Using Flash w/o affecting search engines and older browsers.

Need a few answers before installing Flash on our site...

     
10:16 pm on Mar 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hello,

I have run a couple of searches on WebmasterWorld regarding the browser compatibility question below and ran across quite a few threads on Flash and search engines. Which raises a second question.

If we have a Flash logo and slogan on the home page, and the rest of the page is regular HTML, there is no problem with the page and the rest of page getting spidered, correct?

Regarding my original inquiry, is there a way to tell if a visitor has Flash 6 or above and then display the regular version? And if they do not, display the plain HTML version?

I know you can do it for browser types, but I didn't know about Flash.

If there is a way, can you please let me know? :)

If there isn't a way, that only leaves the option to post a link stating to "click here" if they don't have Flash, correct?

Does anyone know the percentage of users with Flash?

Thanks for all of the help everyone!

11:58 pm on Mar 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm not into Flash enough to answer your questions well, so I'll leave that for someone else.

But, as a surfer, I really dislike sites that tell me I don't have the latest version of something and I'll have to download the plug-in before I can go on. At that point, I usually hit the back button rather than the download button. I know I'm not alone. It's up to you whether you think an animated logo is that important.

At the least, since it is only a logo, I'd suggest saving it as an older version of Flash, not the latest, to catch the largest possible audience.

If we have a Flash logo and slogan on the home page, and the rest of the page is regular HTML, there is no problem with the page and the rest of page getting spidered, correct?

As long as you've set up the page so the html portions will load without javascript or active scripting, which search engine spiders cannot activate, then, yes, the rest of the page and the site should get spidered fine.

2:14 am on Mar 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The last few days I have been prompted to download the latest Flash plug-in at least once a day. Now I have clicked yes twice and that's enough, so now I just move on. If it's just me then no problem, but if that's common then I wouldn't want Flash on my front pages.
5:52 am on Mar 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If it's just me then no problem, but if that's common then I wouldn't want Flash on my front pages.

I would say it's that common.