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Re: [JavaScript] Displaying Flash in HTML Email

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  • David Smart
    I am immediately suspicious of any e-mail with animated images and will train my spam filter to toss them out. There is just no need for Flash in an e-mail
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 17, 2005
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      I am immediately suspicious of any e-mail with animated images and will train my spam filter to toss them out.

      There is just no need for Flash in an e-mail that is conveying information to me, and in my book any other type of e-mail is spam.

      Dave S

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Blake Miller
      To: Javascriptofficial ; Frontpage
      Sent: Saturday, June 18, 2005 2:08 AM
      Subject: [JavaScript] Displaying Flash in HTML Email


      I'm curious as to today's standards as to publishing flash in HTML emails.
      I receive a lot of HTML email marketing stuff, and only a little bit has
      Flash installed. I have a client who wants pros / cons of having flash in
      one of their HTML emails I've developed for them. The pros are obvious, but
      the cons aren't. The biggest question that I/we have, is "what does the
      viewer see if they have flash disabled (or security so high) that doesn't
      allow flash.

      I know that it originally was frowned upon (2-3-4 years ago) but as today's
      browsers, and users/surfers become more in tune, are there less (or maybe
      more?) security concerns to allow (or disallow) flash and similar plug-ins
      for Web sites and HTML emails??

      I did some testing on one email with Outlook 2003 with both "High" and "Low"
      security settings, and it appeared that a static image of the flash dropped
      in when I had "high" settings. But on similar websites/pages that have a
      flash module installed, it was simply gone (not shown) Would this static
      image be present because I already have the flash plug in installed, but
      simply not viewable via Outlook Security settings? What would be displayed
      if I never had it installed or enabled? If it gets blocked, I would ideally
      like to have an image shown instead, like using the ALT="xxx" tag in regular
      HTML. Is there a similar "ALT" tag for flash movies?

      Of course, going to any Microsoft or Outlook help is kind of useless right
      now, I'm surprised at the lack of Knowledge Bases on this subject. Any
      thoughts on this stuff?

      Any insight would be good.

      Thanks,
      Blake





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