10 Replies Latest reply on Apr 22, 2010 4:13 AM by hans-g.

    Flash buttons won't work on IE

    pepegarcia1114

      So I have my website, it's functional and all, it justs doesn't navigate form page to page. When I hit the Flash buttons they simply don't fire, the only problem is on Internet Explorer. Whenever I try the site on Firefox or Safari on my Macintosh it's perfect, but when I switch to Windows and Internet Explorer the buttons simply don't work! Any suggestions? Thanks.

       

      Here's the site just in case u wanna take a peak, it's still under construction so pay no attention to design and info.

       

      www.imaxtampico.com

        • 1. Re: Flash buttons won't work on IE
          Ned Murphy Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          I don't think surrounding Flash embedding code with anchor/link tags is proper coding.  In the earliest days of my learning code I was told that no tags should come between the <a href=""> and </a> tags, but by embedding your Flash code between them it's definitely throwing alot of tags into that zone.  So that may be one reason it won't work in all browsers.

           

          Based on what the buttons do visually, you don't really need Flash for them, and could get by with simple html/javascript image swapping for them.  Three images for the three interactions.

           

          If you want to keep the buttons as Flash objects, then your safest solution may be to implement the code for accessing the pages within the Flash movies themselves.

          • 2. Re: Flash buttons won't work on IE
            pepegarcia1114 Level 1

            Ok. I think I would like to try the code for implementing the code for accessing the pages within the Flash movies themselves, but I really have no idea on where to put it or what the code is. I feel kinda ashamed really, I'm truly 101 on Dreamweaver. Thanks again.

            • 3. Re: Flash buttons won't work on IE
              hans-g. Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Hi,

               

              did you see all these <!-- and --> in your source code? I tried the so-called sledgehammer method and deleted all these letters and characters. So I was able to edit an swf-file in every of your four fields in the table which are provided for the swf file. Look here:

               

              dr.jpg

               

              I am sure, you couldn't see "InstanceBegin...". in design mode til now (Delete them after).

               

              Perhaps it would be better to build a new site from the beginnung, like that (translated form German DW):

               

              reate a really new subdirectory
              create a new html-file
              DesignMode: Insert Flash-Video
              search/browse ---> myFLV.flv
              skin: Halo Skin 3 (min. width 280) ( it's only my choice)
              width 640 ( it's only my choice)
              height 480 ( it's only my choice)
              I clicked all the boxes


              ---> And now away with the files to the server (best you have a look with the WIN-Explorer to your directory, to see all the files DW has created in your subdirectory).

              YourFlv.flv
              YourFlv.php (or YourFlv.html or ...
              Clear_Skin_1.swf (my choice)
              FLVPlayer_Progressive.swf

               

              Hans-G.

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              • 4. Re: Flash buttons won't work on IE
                Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                Flash buttons are terrible for people who don't have or can't use Flash on their web device (iPhone, iTouch, iPad..).  Usability problems are the main reason Adobe removed Flash buttons from DW.  If your visitors don't have Flash, what will they do?

                 

                Use HTML text links and style them with CSS.  The beauty of HTML & CSS menus is that they are lightweight, easy for search engine bots to follow and supported by all web devices. Below are links to FREE menus systems you can use instead of Flash buttons.

                 

                CSS Tab Designer creates 60+ CSS Styled Button and Tab Menus  (download)
                http://www.highdots.com/css-tab-designer/

                List-O-Rama  (DW Extension)
                http://www.dmxzone.com/go?5618

                CSS  Menu Maker (On-Line Menu Generator)
                http://www.cssmenumaker.com/

                Nancy O.
                Alt-Web Design & Publishing
                Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists
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                • 5. Re: Flash buttons won't work on IE
                  Ned Murphy Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  How did you create the buttons?  If you used Flash you will need to edit the individual fla files that were used to create the buttons.  The code you use will depend on the version of Actionscript the files are using.  If you used Dreamweaver, then you should be able to edit the buttons via the Properties window to add the links to them.

                   

                  I don't worry about the iStuff... the outcome of iTechnology shortcomings and the attitude of the leadership there is more likely to become a case of "what goes around, comes around"

                  • 6. Re: Flash buttons won't work on IE
                    Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    I don't worry about the iStuff... the outcome of iTechnology shortcomings and the attitude of the leadership there is more likely to become a case of "what goes around, comes around"

                    That may be fine and true.  But Flash has never been a good choice for navigation.  If the site visitor doesn't have Flash, what will they do?

                     

                    Answer: leave the site frustrated and dissatisfied.

                     

                     

                    Nancy O.
                    Alt-Web Design & Publishing
                    Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists
                    http://alt-web.com/
                    http://twitter.com/altweb
                    http://alt-web.blogspot.com

                    • 7. Re: Flash buttons won't work on IE
                      Ned Murphy Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      The number of people that do not have Flash installed is probably less than the number of people who do not enable javascript... both of which are likely very small numbers.  The world-wide penetration of Flash is in the high 90 percentile.  Of course, iFolk of recent aren't included in these numbers, but they are excluded from enjoying the utility that Flash-driven content provides as well and they should be fully aware of that when they make the decision to head down that path--they can only be frustrated with themselves at that point..

                      • 8. Re: Flash buttons won't work on IE
                        bregent Most Valuable Participant

                        >I don't worry about the iStuff...

                         

                        That might be true if the Flash was really bringing something extra to the table here. In this case it is not. The OP could just as easily create nav buttons using css rollovers. That would be much more accessable and easier to maintain. I don't know why they chose to use Flash. Perhaps they are not aware of easier and better ways?

                        • 9. Re: Flash buttons won't work on IE
                          Ned Murphy Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                          Based on the OP's stating being at a Dreamweaver 101 status, my guess is there is alot that isn't known about design options at this stage.  Using css rollovers is not something that comes out as a ready-known and easy solution to a beginner.  Anyone with good DW experience knows it is not a tool for beginners, that there are things you need to know before you can use it to its better potential.

                           

                          So it is understandable if the OP found a method that made it easy for them to create animated buttons and made use of it.  I won't condemn it, but I can try to suggest options, which I did.  The decision was to continue with the Flash approach, so my support followed that choice.  Making choices is all part of learning.

                           

                          If the OP decides instead to try a non-Flash solution, hopefully more support than mentions of options will be offered.

                          • 10. Re: Flash buttons won't work on IE
                            hans-g. Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                            Hi,

                             

                            look here, where I tried to show you a "working" flash button. I added a link where you/users can download the flash player (on the fly and to suggest a possibility, for a German version). Look here (and for its source code): http://www.goldschmiede-blumberg.de/AdobTest/flv/flv1.html

                             

                            Hans-G.