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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 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)

Adobe MAX 2009 Online

Watch MAX keynotes, streamed live from Los Angeles-register now (go to http://max.adobe.com/online/ ) 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 technology. Join 10 minutes early and participate in the backstage behind the scenes action. 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 session of the day from each track: Design, Develop, and Envision. You’ll be able to view these sessions on dem... (more)

PaaS vs. Managed Virtualization

I’ve been reading a few discussions on how to more effectively manage development of a Flex project. And the reason many are looking for a solution has nothing to do with Flex, per say, but has more to do with the complexity of our development environments. The hidden reason is cost. Cost for setting up each developer environment. Cost of licenses. The bigger reason is, or should be, security. Enter Platform as a Service (PaaS) to the conversation. Although the idea of using the cloud for development is good in theory, it can be cost prohibitive. Here is why: • The cost of using... (more)

How to install Adobe AIR on Linux

Download Adobe AIR from the Adobe downloads. Open a terminal window. cd to download directory chmod the AdobeAIRInstaller.bin to 755 su -m enter password ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin ... (more)

No One is Moving from Flex to HTML5

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 develop... (more)