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[5]: Excellent!
by darknexus on Sat 29th Nov 2008 01:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Excellent!"
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To be fair, accessibility != cross-platform. Having said that, though, I certainly take your point ;) .
As a note of interest, Adobe has done nothing for accessibility. The work in the flashplayer itself for this, what little there is of it, was actually done by Macromedia back in Flashplayer 7. The little work that has happened since then has been on the browser end, integrating the accessibility APIs Flash uses into certain browsers. Adobe have done nothing since, including making it accessible on platforms like OS X and *nix. Nothing. They're taking credit for what Macromedia did shortly before Adobe acquired Flash, and this is why the state of this problem has not changed in a few years.
Perhaps something could be done with Gnash in this regard, but seeing as how it lags behind Flash in certain areas it wouldn't be the end-all of solutions at least not yet. Given how badly misused Flash has become and what a resource hog it can be, I wouldn't be sorry to see it go in any case. Not very likely, though, but hey I can dream. At least Silverlight runs a lot better, might be one of the few things Microsoft will get right in recent years.

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