Saturday, April 19, 2008

Flash done right and on Google App Engine

Often I criticize the usage of Flash for content centric pages, because often Flash is implemented in a way it causes a disastrous user experience (from arbitrarily resizing browser to sound which you can't turn off and fonts which you can't resize, just to mention the worst mistakes). Now I came across a new project, which advocates to do Flash the right way: gaeswf by Aral Balkan, a client and server side open source framework, based on a collection of best practices for using Flash on Google App Engine, in a way that Flash does NOT suck. The proof-of concept (live demo) implements techniques such as:
  • Embedding Flash with SwfObject
  • Deep linking (based on SwfAddress)
  • Flash content that obeys browser text-size changes

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