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Subject: Re: FLASH: No script detection for Flash 4 player-- does it work?
From: Marc Hoffman, Poison Dart Frog Media
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 19:33:42 GMT

At 10:58 AM 2/11/00 , you wrote:

>According to TechNote 14086 on MM's site:
>How to create no script detection for the Flash 4 Player
>This approach to Flash Player detection relies on two key elements; a Flash
>plug-in "sniffer" that uses the GetURL action which only the Flash 4 Player
>will respond to, and an HTML page with a META refresh tag. The index page
>of the site will use a Flash movie to detect for version 4 of the Flash
>Player and direct those browsers to the Flash 4 content. If the user hits
>the index page either without the Flash Player or with version 2 or 3 of
>the player, the META refresh tag will automatically send them to a
>non-Flash page which will prompt them to download version 4 of the Flash
>Player. This scheme works without using any JavaScript; making it both
>simpler and more reliable.
>I am using the above method on a site now and it does not seem to be
>effective. Users with the Flash 3 player have been advanced into the site
>via the GetURL statement in the .swf created in Flash4. Can anyone comment
>(particularly anyone from MM) if this is, in fact, a reliable way to check
>for the Flash4 player? Is the GetURL action limited to Flash 4?

GetURL also works in Flash3. You would have to modify it so the URL is an
expression, which will be interpreted only by Flash4 and will fail in Flash3.

Colin Moock has done lots of work with this:
http://www.moock.org/webdesign/flash/index.html (you'll need to poke around
for the right topic).

Marc Hoffman

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