How to support Flash objects in any Web browser for a Lotus Notes Domino application

When building applications for Lotus Notes and Domino Server, developers often need to support several different Web browser versions and types. The JavaScript code in this tip shows how to support Flash objects on any Web browser that understands JavaScript or ActiveX.
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If the Web browser supports MIME-type applications, the JavaScript writes out an EMBED tag to display the Flash animation. Otherwise, it will write an IMG tag to display only a graphic.

The OBJECT tag is invoked on any browser that supports ActiveX, regardless of which tag JavaScript writes.

Make sure that there are no line breaks in your EMBED or IMG tags, or the JavaScript will fail. If you'd like to use line breaks, you can put each line in a separate document.write() command.

Notice that the entire EMBED and IMG strings are enclosed in single quotes; this allows for double quotes to be inside of the strings, without breaking them or having to use a slash to declare each quotation mark (").

 <object classid=
cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase=
cabs/flash/ swflash.cab#version=5,0,0,0" 
width="466" height="233">
          <param name=movie value=
"/<Computed Value>
          <param name=quality 

<!-- begin the JavaScript -->
//Determine if  the browser understands 
the mimeTypes property and recognizes 

if (navigator.mimeTypes && 

   //The browser can interpret mimeTypes 
so write out the <embed> 
</embed> tags to the document.

   document.write('<embed src=
"/<Computed Value>/Movement-joystick.swf" 
quality=high luginspage=
Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/
x-shockwave-flash" width="466" height="233">

} else {
   //...browser doesn't recognize mimeTypes 
so substitute the movie with a graphic 
using the <IMG> tag

   document.write('<IMG SRC="noflashpic.gif" 
WIDTH="220" HEIGHT="110" ALT=
"Non-Flash User Picture">'); } </SCRIPT>
<!-- Close the OBJECT tag. -->

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This was first published in June 2007

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