- Identify the portions of your site that are built in Flash by finding files with the extension .swf.
Crawford says, "There is a thriving community developing tools such as jQuery Cycle Plugin for basic slideshows, and jPlayer for multimedia playback, that are excellent." This is worth noting because support for multimedia in HTML5 is not yet complete, he says. "Removing Flash entirely may not be possible."
- Identify the portions of your site that call external services that may be using Flash. (For example, video and audio files served from services such as YouTube may call Flash movies to play their content.)
- Search the external sites for newer embed code that works regardless of the presence of Flash. Test, and then replace the old code. YouTube at one time used object code to embed Flash. Currently, YouTube recommends iframe code that calls the appropriate content based on browser capabilities.
For more complex applications, there may be no other choice but to reprogram. In these cases, a cost-benefit analysis of your options needs to done.
David Weldon is a freelance business and technology writer in Massachusetts, and a former Computerworld senior editor. Contact him at DWeldon646@comcast.net.
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