First, yes, screen readers can read Flex applications. And yes, its fairly
easy. But, I’ll discuss how in a future post.
But, if you’d rather send people to your old HTML version of your site when
using a read, there is good news. Flash Player has the ability to detect if a
disabled and/or the Flex application is not compiled as an “accessible
swf”. This is possible with the Accessibility class.
It is important to note that if the Flex application is compiled as an
“accessible swf”, the screen reader will also be able to read content in
the swf. If not, the screen reader only reads the words “flash movie
start” whenever you interact with it. Talk about a usability buzz kill.
So, here is the code to see if a screen reader is currently running (not just
installed) and then adds a LinkButton that call... (more)
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On October 5th and 6th, Adobe MAX Online will feature the keynotes, streamed
live, highlighting the newest and most exciting developments in the world of
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View the top three sessions from each day on demand:
Check back each day by 8:00 PM PT, from October 5th to 7th, to see the top
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be able to view these sessions on dem... (more)
The fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) is been slung around by profiteers like
folding chairs at a WWE event. The haters are still being haters. Nothing new
developers to start using their HTML5 software.
The context is all wrong here. Very, very few Flex developers have shifted,
moved, changed over, or whatever you want to call it… to HTML5 (or anything
There is not a move to HTML5
I will go as far as to say that there is not a move to HTML5. The simple fact
is that, developers are being develop... (more)
Having built/architected/developed/consulted many Adobe Flex applications and
being one of the first certified Flex instructors in the world, I’ve seen a
lot of Flex applications. Some good, some bad.
But no matter how many applications or who I’m talking to, I always stress
the importance of securing proprietary information. By securing, I mean
don’t put it in your application. Unless your are encrypting your
application and decrypting at runtime, you are subject to a decompiler
exposing your secrets.
There are Flash decompilers that will take any SWF and give you the source:
Just finished my presentation at FITC Mobile 2009 in Toronto. And it went
I had lots of questions and was able to answer all but one.
The presentation was about building native iPhone applications using
Mobile to does this.
I’ve posted a slide share of the iPhone development presentation at On3.