February 12, 2006
Flash Usability Par Excellence

Jens Franke has just finished Orange Project, a portfolio site for the photographer Sandra Weimar - what makes this so newsworthy apart from the beautiful photos is that he built it with the challenge to implement all features that Flash pundits usually moan about: back button support, deep linking, keyboard support, context menus just to mention a few. From what I could see he did it very well and he could make good use of several techniques that were collected in an earlier post here.

So it looks like there is no excuse anymore to omit those features in the next site you build. Well, except if your client doesn't want to pay for the 3 extra days of work...

Posted at February 12, 2006 05:33 PM | Further reading

I always appreciated the efforts on building usable flash sites (more than two years ago I did http://www.consultecnology.com/, with back engine, permalinks, cookies and maybe something else) but probably 3 more days of work are quite optimistic :).
Recently I faced accessibily issues and if someone is interested I did this quite interesting experiment: http://nuthinking.com/goodies/accessible_bar_chart/. The html code should be quite clear about the method used.

Posted by: christian on February 13, 2006 12:54 AM

Just another website where this features are implemented:


Posted by: peter on February 13, 2006 09:50 AM

This is so AWESOME!

i am getting sick of people bashing flash because of poor usability.

it would be amazing if he gave us a peek at his source code :-)

Posted by: gareth on February 13, 2006 01:57 PM

beautiful attempt, but unfortunately it doesn't work in all browsers. :(
safari, not at all (bookmarking or back button)
firefox, everything works!
PulpFiction (rss reader), bookmarking works, not back button

i have seen ones that work in all browsers

Posted by: James on February 19, 2006 06:10 AM

As far as I remember (my project is 2 years old), bookmarking wasn't supported by Firefox (and similia), my back button engine instead, frames and local connection based, worked in all the ones tested.

Posted by: christian on February 25, 2006 02:06 PM
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