3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 21, 2010 9:31 PM by John Waller

    Embedding an SWF Flash Navigation into Dreamweaver

    helpvid Level 2

      My website http://www.theboxinghistorian.com/ has already been created and has a lot of files, at the moment whenever i make a change to my spry navigation i do it through the template which automatically updates every page.

       

      Now I was looking to remove the spry navigation and to add a flash SWF File as my navigation, however I am relatively new to this and was wondering if adding such a file as my navigation is a simple case of updating the change through the template and once again every page through the Webstite would be updated.  Or would there be more complex issues i would need to Iron out as im using flash in dreamweaver.........

        • 1. Re: Embedding an SWF Flash Navigation into Dreamweaver
          John Waller Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          My advice would be to forget about using Flash for navigation and stick with your Spry menu for now - but make it more efficient (see below).

           

          There are no upsides and too many downsides to Flash navigation including relying on the Flash plugin being available on your vfisitors computer (what do they do if Flash is not available for them?), search engines struggle with Flash without some clever coding by you (why bother?) and maintaining the navbar is a major pain (have to recreate the Flash file every time).

           

          The navigation you're currently using looks OK but I suggest implementing it as a Server Side Include instead of propagating it through your Template every time.

           

          Whilst the Template approach works, the major downside is that you have to upload every page of your website every time you change the Template. That gets old, fast.

           

          If you convert just the HTML part of your navigation (the ul structure) to a single tiny external text file (an Include) which the server then Includes in the page dynamically every time, you have minimal work to do to update your navigation bar whenever you wish. Just update the tiny text file (e.g. add/delete/move an <li> in the code), upload it to the server and your entire site is instantly up-to-date.

           

          Adding your navbar to the page as a Server Side Include transforms maintenance from a lengthy mundane chore to a pleasure.

          • 2. Re: Embedding an SWF Flash Navigation into Dreamweaver
            helpvid Level 2

            Hi John thank you for your response, yes I was happy using spry, however I posted a thread on here asking how to alter the submenu (long story) but two people informed me that my spry menu was not appearing as it should.  Here is the original thread http://forums.adobe.com/thread/622021?tstart=0 screenshots where provided in the thread.

             

            Now several of my friends say the menu was looking fine at there end, I was then given this link http://www.screen-resolution.com/ where you can view alternative secrete resolutions.  And as the posts confirmed the menu is dropping to the side than straight down.  I have been working on the issue and  the problem seems to be happening only with the Internet explorer browser, which is a popular browser so its a must i resolve the issue....

            • 3. Re: Embedding an SWF Flash Navigation into Dreamweaver
              John Waller Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Which version of Dreamweaver are you using?

               

              CS3 had a Spry updater issued taking it from 1.4 to 1.6.1

              http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/spry/dreamweaver/updater_overview.html

               

              No idea if it will help.

               

              If it does, try recreating the menu.