Automate the Flash Download

Even though the Flash plug-in is nearly universal, you can’t be sure that every visitor’s browser has it. In addition, you may have created a Flash movie that runs only in the latest version of the plug-in, so a visitor might have the Flash plug-in, but not the correct version of it. The result? A movie that either doesn’t play back at all or doesn’t play back as it should. Guests who fall into this category have to choose from three equally unpalatable options: go to a different website to download the plug-in, skip the multimedia show (if you’ve built a second, plug-in-free version of your site), or skip your website entirely.

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