With the announcement of Flash 8 today, Macromedia also quietly pushed out their new detection kit. The detection kit has has been around for the last few versions of Flash, and usually changes with each version to include whatever the latest trends in Flash detection are.
- It’s not valid HTML or XHTML – Valid XHTML documents aren’t for everyone, but when you have clients specifically asking for them it’s nice to be able to deliver. The new detection doesn’t even come close to validating.
If you want to compare the new Macromedia detection to my FlashObject script, check out this new article that shows how to use it:
Then compare the steps needed to get that working with using FlashObject:
- Include single .js file.
- Add a few lines of code (see example of bare minimum).
- Sit back, relax.
I think the choice is clear.
Now when you downloaded the new detection kit you may have noticed another folder hiding out in there with the name of “Express Installation.” This is Macrmedia’s new way of upgrading your Flash player without the need to go to macromedia and download the new plugin. I’ll be writing up a new entry soon that gives some tips and best practices on using this method in the very near future.