Common Mistakes /
Example 7: Misuse of flash
Date: 28 october 2003

The case:

Looking for information regarding the real estate market in Geneva, I found a portal site. Unfortunatelly, I quickly saw a redirect page, a loading page, and then ... a blank page ! That was it. Nothing more, nothing to click, no html alternative version... Quite bad, isn't it ?

Errors / Recommendations:

a) Create an html version for users without the Flash plug-in (some will argue it is now common and bundled with most browsers, but well, when it doesn't work, your only choice is to leave the site...)

b) Re-test the version so that it works independent of users configuration

Screenshots (click to enlarge in a new window)

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Result !
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