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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 there. But now I see JavaScript companies’ desperate pleas for Flex 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 else JS-based.) 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 developers. No matter the background, we are always trying to broadening our skill sets. This includes HTML5 since it started showing up a few years ago. For anyone to imply, or state outright, that there is some mass exodus from Flex is completely false! The reality is still the same, Flash Player ... (more)

User experience is driven by content

Do you see the pattern? Apple screws up maps by providing poor quality data Healthcare.gov doesn’t let users have access to the plans they need Blackberry creates a new tablet without building in email In each case, the users couldn’t get what they wanted or needed: Content In this always-on, self-service world, everything is about the content. When the user needs it, whether it’s bank balances, boarding passes, and refund instructions… the content on the site or in the app becomes critical. If we want to deliver great experiences for our users, we need to make sure we recognize t... (more)

Back and Forth

For over a decade now, we have been trained to use the "back" and "forward" buttons in our Web browser to review or backtrack previously viewed content. We are trained to the point that there are even keyboard shortcuts. Unfortunately, this can be a problem when browsing Flex applications. Being the well-trained users that we are, we often forget that we could cause the Flex application to reload unwittingly. Fortunately, there is a solution that is built into the Flex SDK and HTML templates that are generated in a Flex Builder project. By default, Flex enables history managemen... (more)

Adobe Flash and Flex Accessibility with Screen Readers

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 screen reader is running on the client machine, even if JavaScript is 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 ... (more)

On3: Denver’s First Adobe Authorized Training Center

 PRESS RELEASE On3: Denver’s First Adobe Authorized Training Center On3 will help Adobe Software Developers learn to use Adobe Flex, ColdFusion, and Adobe AIR, as well as other web development tools like BlazeDS and mobile phone application development. Denver, CO September 11, 2009:  On3, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of its Adobe Enterprise training facility located in downtown Denver at 110 16th Street, on the corners of the 16th Street Mall and Broadway. This expertly staffed Adobe training facility will help Colorado’s software engineers to become more proficient in... (more)