Really interesting blog post on how the mobile version of Flickr was constructed. I haven’t had the opportunity to try the mobile version of the site out on a mobile browser aside from iPhone Safari, but it works really well on that browser. You can tell the focus on optimising everything has paid off when it comes down to user experience, and I love the visual feedback that every click provides (so the user isn’t left twiddling his/her thumbs wondering if a click has registered).
A good post from Aral regarding the state of accessibility within Flex. I hope they concentrate on this side of Flash soon rather than adding more wizzy features; it seems with Flash and AJAX you’re always having to hold your hands up and admit that they don’t bring a lot to the party when it comes to people with specific accessibility issues.
Very good article on the dev Opera site by brothercake on why AJAX isn’t necessarily the best thing ever when it comes to building websites and keeping the web accessible to all.
One of the major pains of web development is having to factor in users with “non-standard configurations”. What looks good on your machine doesn’t mean it will for a proportion of your users. However, this no-flash warning up on the South Park website is pure genius, as is the 404. I wish I was given the green light at work to do this!
The new SWFObject is out. There are two main ways to embed Flash content on a page, with Option 2 sounding like the best fit for the rules/regulations we have to adhere to for work (progressive enhancement, no click-to-activate rubbish in IE, you HAVE to have JS to view the Flash, etc). Option 2 follows a similar method to SWFObject 1.5 as well.
Will have to look into the documentation in detail and try out some examples on a range of browsers if I have the time…
Good article here, although when using Flex you’re also dealing with the framework/component weight to download (which adds about 300k I think), so some users will be waiting before experiencing their accessible Flash. Not sure if the Flash player caches this yet (I remember reading that it was in the pipeline at one stage…)
Stupid ruling in the first place. Another example of money coming before the best interests of the internet and its users.