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Subject: Detection Script Modification
From: Colin Moock
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 20:15:12 +0100

For those of you using hand made Flash detection scripts (not
AfterShock scripts) just a little reminder:
If you used to use the plugin name to detect flash, as in:
if (navigator.plugins && navigator.plugins["Shockwave Flash 2.0"])

The name has changed to "Shockwave Flash" with the version 3 plugin.

The easiest way to get around the change is to check for the mime type
instead (since both 2.0 and 3.0 use the same mime type), as in:
if (navigator.mimeTypes &&

Of course, if your site *requires* flash 3, and won't work with flash
2, then you'd want to combine the two and send 2.0 users to an upgrade

I bring this up to the list because the detection script that everyone
used to use from the Macromedia Flash Support area checks for
navigator.plugins, which means that users of flash 3 would be told they
don't have flash.



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