I think I finally have a workable solution to the Eolas IE issue with the Flash navigation on our college Web site. My hope is that we’ll be able to hit the largest audience possible with at least some measure of functionality, while simultaneously maintaining a semblance of Web Standard-itude. How’s that for ambitious?!?!
My solution is basically a three-tiered approach:
- Object tag-based embedding (a la the Flash Satay method) of the primary navigation bar .swf file
- A second set of images/links as an all-else-fails backup for users with no scripting support, served by <noscript> tags.
- Users who have no scripting, or have it turned off, will never see the Flash version, whether they have the plugin or not
- Our current set of non-Flash alternative images are PNGs, which look really awful in IE6. Hopefully we can remedy this soon.