Desktop Accessibility Today Means Mobile Usability Tomorrow

I'm really glad to hear that FlashLite 2 (Deuce) will be supporting the equivalent of Flash 7. I had wondered if Macromedia were planning to work their way through earlier versions of Flash (like Flash 5) before getting round to more recent functionality.

The potential of virtually any current flash application running on a mobile device is positively mouth watering. One of the most important things when launching a new platform is to ensure that a wide range of content is available for it. Using Flash 7 maximizes the possible number of Flash applications that can run on the platform. Question Writer, for example, will publish to Flash 6 and the output should run on the new platform.

However, one big caveat - If you're writing a Flash application today that you hope will one day run on a mobile device - make sure you're designing it to be fully usable with the keyboard alone. If your application can't be used without a mouse, it may be completely unusable with mobile devices. I'd wager that mobile devices of the future will mostly use key control rather than a pointing mechanism.

Posted by Alexander at June 16, 2005 09:12 AM

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Mobile will virtually take over as the most preferred gadget in the distant future. With more and more desktop applications moving to the handheld device. FlashLite in this regard has a great advantage and usability will be a challange for all the flash technology drivers.
Am a great fan of Flash and would like to see some great Flash usable applications for the mobile phones.

Posted by: Sidhartha Bezbora at October 6, 2006 12:33 PM

Hey Sidhartha,
Here's an example of a Question Writer quiz that runs on Flash Lite 2 phones -

Posted by: Alexander McCabe at October 6, 2006 12:38 PM