This article’s aimed at developers and adminstrators and addresses a web usability issue that has an ingenious solution. If you’re not at all “geeky” this article will most probably go right over your head.
A common problem with Flash and web browsers is that they don’t use the same navigation model. Users regularly click on the browser forward and back buttons to navigate to web pages. Unfortunately, if the user is viewing a Flash application and she or he clicks on the browser back button, the browser exits the Flash application and navigates to the previous web page. Obviously, this can be extremely annoying if a user has just spent a lot of time and loses any unsaved data or grades. Enter SWF Address, the answer to your browser navigation woes.
What is SWF Address?
Please note that SWFAddress only works with Flash applications that have the necessary Actionscript class and functions included in them. See Lee Brimelow’s tutorial for more details about how to do this.
Where can I find it?
- I’ve created an introductory wiki page with links to the project site and a very helpful tutorial by Flash and Actionscript guru, Lee Brimelow, on the SWF Activity Module project site wiki.
- So that you can see SWF Address in action in Moodle, I’ve also uploaded a simple demo by Asual and deployed it on my R&D Moodle 1.9 site (Login as a guest).
- SWF Address project site with examples and demos.