Saturday, May 14, 2005

 

Flickr ditches Flash for photo display

Flickr is dropping Flash in favour of Javascript (DHTML, AJAX - call it what you will) for the simple act of displaying annnotated photo.

This is great news, fixing a major usability problem that plagued Flickr - obviously the level of complaints had got so loud they could not be ignored.

Update: Changed to clarify that is just the photo display function that is dropping Flash entirely. Flash will unfortunately continue to be used on other pages. There is detailed coverage of the change at Ajax Summit: Eric Costello of Flickr Presentation which gives the story direct from Eric Costello, a Flickr UI developer.

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