Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Nov 2008 22:14 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation While most people detest Flash for its rather resource intensive operation, and its role in creating really annoying websites where the back and forward buttons don't work, the tool does have an important place on the web. Most internet video players, such as Youtube's, run using Flash, and as such, it's kind of important to be able to run it. eComStation has just taken the first few steps to being able to run the official Flash player - Mensys has received permission from Adobe to distribute the Windows version with eCS, which with a bit of work will work on eCS using ODIN. "This is a first step but the legal block is gone now," Mensys' Roderick Klein writes, "The writing of the code to run the Flash DLL is the next big step!"
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RE[3]: Excellent!
by darknexus on Fri 28th Nov 2008 11:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent!"
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how exactly do you convey vector graphics and video to blind people? It's not really Adobe's fault that you can't...

Actually, that's not what we mean at all. As a blind person, I'm damn well aware that no amount of audio is going to convey a vector graphic to me and further, I really couldn't care about the graphic. But, flash is used for much more than that, usually used where it should not be. How about web site navigation, where the entire nav bar is flash buttons? How about media player controls such as play/pause, forward, and backward? On most web sites, these are implemented in Flash. These controls, and not the vector graphics, are what we mean when we say flash isn't very useable.
For the record, this isn't quite true and hasn't been for a few years, but the site has to be coded correctly in order for accessible Flash to work at all... and guess how many web sites aren't coded according to the standard? ;)
He might have also meant that EComStation isn't useable by blind people, I couldn't tell from his message. In that case, as far as I'm aware, he'd be dead right--most of the major operating systems are accessible--OS X, Windows, *NIX with CLI or Gnome but not KDE ;) --but none of the minor ones really are. It's really a shame, as there's a lot of them out there I'd like to play with--Haiku, SkyOS, EComStation, and MorphOS just to name a few. I'd even lie to play with ReactOS, and this should eventually be at least possible once the required API hooks get implemented into it as they will have to be to achieve their goal of full Windows compatibility. OS X does the job for me just fine, but hey I'm a geek and a geek can never have enough operating systems and/or computers on which to mess around.

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