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Graceful flash degradation, reloaded!

NYT photojournalism section, flash version

A couple of weeks ago I talked about graceful flash degradation: what it means, issues that arise while developing in flash, and how to fix them properly. This is the second article on the topic. Before we continue, make sure you're familiar with the first article on flash degradation, because this article contains examples to emphasize what the previous article described.

Good flash degradation from New York Times

We previously stumbled upon UEFA's site and a wine company's website. Today we are looking upon a newspaper's website. The name is self explanatory, New York Times being the largest metropolitan newspaper published in the United States. Having that weight attached to their necks, they knew their online presence must be perfect. And it is.

New York Times has an online photojournalism section which is built in flash. It is consisted of a series of posts, each around an image. Each post has apart from the image, a brief paragraph describing the picture, where it was taken and so on. A nice feature is the small sneak peak to the next and previous articles, which are visible in the left and right sidebars of the article you are currently viewing. However, I don't think this was a feature they specifically developed, as the full screen mode lacks it.

What really matters here is that they also have a non flash version of the site which kicks in if you do not have the necessary plugins. They also let you know that if you want to fully enjoy the features of the site, you should install flash player. Flawless solution. Great job for New York Times, but perhaps more congrats should go to the site developers, whoever they are.

NYT photojournalism section, non-flash version

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Published on Monday, September 21st, 2009 at 1:07 pm in articles, code, design, flash, techniques, usability.

About Bogdan Pop

Bogdan Pop is a young Romanian entrepreneur who runs WebRaptor. He is a web developer with awesome design skills, who enjoys writing about everyday's work and usability. He relaxes by taking photos every once in a while and by mixing french electronic music. Connect with him via Twitter.
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