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Mephisto filter:mp3

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On my to-do list for some time was implemting Jeroen Wijering’s mp3 player (flash) in this blog as a mephisto filter.

Somewhere between the sessions of @media yesterday, I found the time to code it in (grab it , there are some steps to follow at the top of this file). It has sensible defaults, and configuration attributes.

You can also place alternate content inside the filter tag (e.g. a direct link to the mp3).

While the code degrades well with flash/javascript off in the browser, some work needs done on what shows up in feedreaders. The filter could be amended for RSS feeds and simply show a link to the mp3 file(s) being played. If anyone finds this filter useful, let me know.

Shameless Bragging

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Jamie at Front has kindly informed me that PaperJam, a Flash website I built last year at Front, has recently been featured in the new Taschen Flash Sites book.

PaperJam (based in Belfast), do some amazing design work, which you can check out at the site – Note this book does not ‘glow white’ when opened, as the photo depicts.

April 15, 2006 07:57 by

Accessibility and Flash

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Although I dont go trawling the web with flash turned off. My understanding is that Flash (at least player 6) has (at a low estimate) penetrated at least 90% of the web browser market. Having worked in a few web studios – I’ve been through a fair few flash discussions;

  • From ‘FLASHAHH! he’ll save everyone of us!!!
  • To ‘FLASH’ – no thanks i’m scared – now, where is my i-framed-javascript-tabled-dropdown-pullup-menu

My approach when considering how to design a site is to first look at the clients needs. In some cases this may be a full 100% flash site. If this is so then for accessibility and search engines I would also build a series of simple flat (valid) xHTML pages that follow the structure and content of the flash site. The site should work in this form and not simply be content spewed out into an html page

In many cases this is easy, since I have my own cms running behind the flash site, which I can feed to some simple templates and then style up a little.
However on every page there is always (emphasized at the top) – a link to switch to the flash version. Any extra time in doing this is factored into the cost and in the end is the price you pay for a full flash site. It’s a belief — and a challenge- of mine that designers and developers should seek out ways to use Flash intelligently for the purpose that it was intended, whenever appropriate. It’s a great technology to use, but, like most good things, moderation is key.

All that said you can do some great things with it;

For all flash detection I use UFO
Its simple to use and great for simple flash movies inside an xHTML page – or even full browser 100% flash sites
(theres even a helper for Ruby)

Of course, being a Flash Developer I am of course totally biased and you should not believe anything I say.

November 15, 2005 06:14 by
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