Design Dilemma with flash+(html or php)

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This is a big dilemma in my designing process.
First thing, i want to have my website to have flash as a navigation tool. Secondly, i would only want a section of a page to be loaded whenever a link is clicked through the flash app.(This means that the flash navigation will remain 'static', while the contents will load over a section in the page itself).

My restriction is that i wouldn't want to use html frames as it is quite annoying and do not want the flash navigation to take up 25% of the page at all times (i want users to be able to scroll down and have the contents fill the page, if the content is long)

Now, how do i exactly design this with flash and html or preferrably php?.

I hope my explaination is good enough to explain the situation. Any reply will be much appreciated.
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Come on people..... i desperately need help(!)

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Are you deadset on using flash as your primary source of navigation?
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Yes, kind of, is it really a bad idea?
i want to at least include something flash and it's either the nav or content, but it would be a pain if i am gonna use flash for my contents.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Why do you want to include Flash? Do you have a reason other than whim?
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Have a site with slightly different flash on each page, looks nicer that way
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I won't tear you apart for the urge to use Flash (as I have done in the past :lol: ), but I would recommend not using it as your primary source for navigation for 2 reasons.

1) Spiders have a hard time spidering websites that use flash (or Javascrips) as their primary links. So, this will almost guarantee you won't be listed on searches.

2) Some people don't have flash installed and don't want it installed (as some people have JavaScript turned off).

If you do decide to use Flash on your main navagation, at least provide the same links in text format at the bottom of your page near the footer so spiders have some kind of way of spidering your website. Otherwise, what's the use of having a website if nobody can even find you?
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Or if you really want Flash
just have a flash intro, and a none-flash site
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Then the road for me is having 2 separate parts, one flashed, and one non-flashed.

Is/Are there any way(s) to detect flash plugin in user browsers?

I mean, if flash plugin is detected, it'll send the user to the flash one, if not, to the non-flash one.
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sodevszeno wrote:
Then the road for me is having 2 separate parts, one flashed, and one non-flashed.

If you're deadset on using flash, then yes, this is probably the best bet--as long as you don't mind maintaining two websites instead of one.
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What're the codes to check users' flash plugin anyway?
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Flash plug in detection:

http://www.moock.org/webdesign/flash/de ... /moockfpi/

http://www.kirupa.com/developer/mx/detection.htm

http://www.macromedia.com/software/flas ... ction_kit/

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