How sites look without Flash

Ever wonder what the web looks like without Flash? I don't have Flash installed, so I'll post a screenshot here whenever a encounter a site that uses Flash, but obviously breaks because, well, I don't have Flash.

Remember that many smartphones don't have Flash, neither does the iPad, or any 100% free software operating system.

I don't hate Flash, I just hate that it is often used unnecessarily.

Nov 5
I’m a Southwest Airlines fanboy. I fly them everywhere I go; if Southwest doesn’t fly where I want to go, I’ll almost always fly the closest I can and drive rather than subject myself to the pain of another airline. I know their list of airports pretty well, having stared at plenty of napkins and promotional materials through the years of both personal and business travel. 
While helping my mother choose a vacation destination, I was faced with a problem I didn’t expect on a web site which is otherwise fantastic. My parents were really thinking of going to Myrtle Beach. I know that Southwest doesn’t fly there. “Surely,” I thought, “there must be somewhere nearby they fly, and then they can rent the car they are already going to have to rent and drive an hour or so to the beach.”
My mother and I both navigated on our individual computers in our individual houses to the route map page. This dynamic route map uses Flash. She has it, I don’t. Bummer. 
I did later find a page that redeems Southwest somewhat: a static route map page. However, it’s not linked from the dynamic map page.  
How could Southwest make it right? They could link to the static route map page within the text which says that the user needs a newer version of Flash. However, a better way would be to put the image of the map from the static route map page there with a polite message saying that the map would become interactive if the browser had Flash.

I’m a Southwest Airlines fanboy. I fly them everywhere I go; if Southwest doesn’t fly where I want to go, I’ll almost always fly the closest I can and drive rather than subject myself to the pain of another airline. I know their list of airports pretty well, having stared at plenty of napkins and promotional materials through the years of both personal and business travel. 

While helping my mother choose a vacation destination, I was faced with a problem I didn’t expect on a web site which is otherwise fantastic. My parents were really thinking of going to Myrtle Beach. I know that Southwest doesn’t fly there. “Surely,” I thought, “there must be somewhere nearby they fly, and then they can rent the car they are already going to have to rent and drive an hour or so to the beach.”

My mother and I both navigated on our individual computers in our individual houses to the route map page. This dynamic route map uses Flash. She has it, I don’t. Bummer. 

I did later find a page that redeems Southwest somewhat: a static route map page. However, it’s not linked from the dynamic map page.  

How could Southwest make it right? They could link to the static route map page within the text which says that the user needs a newer version of Flash. However, a better way would be to put the image of the map from the static route map page there with a polite message saying that the map would become interactive if the browser had Flash.


May 14
I went over to GameTrailers.com to check out the video for Starhawk, the sequel to Warhawk. Unfortunately, the site requires Flash to play the video, and doesn’t even give me a chance to look around the site. It just redirects me to this error page. This isn’t a very good way to handle users without Flash.

I went over to GameTrailers.com to check out the video for Starhawk, the sequel to Warhawk. Unfortunately, the site requires Flash to play the video, and doesn’t even give me a chance to look around the site. It just redirects me to this error page. This isn’t a very good way to handle users without Flash.


I’m interested in seeing the Internet service packages of Pittsburgh’s Full Service Network. However, it apparently requires Flash. Oh well.

I’m interested in seeing the Internet service packages of Pittsburgh’s Full Service Network. However, it apparently requires Flash. Oh well.


May 5
I really like Mint.com since it helps me keep track of my finances across accounts and institutions. It has this really neat feature to show monthly spending trends in a handy graph separating various categories. You can click on a category and see its subcategories.
Only, well, I can’t see anything at all because I don’t have Flash.

I really like Mint.com since it helps me keep track of my finances across accounts and institutions. It has this really neat feature to show monthly spending trends in a handy graph separating various categories. You can click on a category and see its subcategories.

Only, well, I can’t see anything at all because I don’t have Flash.


Apr 12
Daydream Creative started following me on Twitter. I’d love to see what they’re all about, but, alas, the only thing I can see on their site is the client login button. Maybe one day, I’d be a client, but, since I can’t see their stuff, I guess I never will.

Daydream Creative started following me on Twitter. I’d love to see what they’re all about, but, alas, the only thing I can see on their site is the client login button. Maybe one day, I’d be a client, but, since I can’t see their stuff, I guess I never will.


Apr 6
I’d love to zoom in on a picture on this site, but I apparently need Flash in order to see the picture closer to its original resolution. Is simply providing the larger image really that much of a pain or potential threat to picture copyrights?

Also, the site uses an easily-defeated right-click blocking script. How 90s.

I’d love to zoom in on a picture on this site, but I apparently need Flash in order to see the picture closer to its original resolution. Is simply providing the larger image really that much of a pain or potential threat to picture copyrights?

Also, the site uses an easily-defeated right-click blocking script. How 90s.


Apr 2
I’d like to check out Whirlpool’s site, since I heard they donate a fridge and stove to every Habitat for Humanity Home built. That’s cool. Too bad their site is Flash only.

I’d like to check out Whirlpool’s site, since I heard they donate a fridge and stove to every Habitat for Humanity Home built. That’s cool. Too bad their site is Flash only.


Apr 1
I’d like to learn more about Notion Ink’s Adam tablet. Unfortunately, the site doesn’t provide anything other than Flash to describe its software features.

I’d like to learn more about Notion Ink’s Adam tablet. Unfortunately, the site doesn’t provide anything other than Flash to describe its software features.


Nov 18
I’d love to test my social mobile application brand savvy with @prsarahevans's presentation on SlideShare, but, unfortunately, it requires Flash. 
I wonder if SlideShare would ever support S5?

I’d love to test my social mobile application brand savvy with @prsarahevans's presentation on SlideShare, but, unfortunately, it requires Flash. 

I wonder if SlideShare would ever support S5?


Nov 17
I went to vote for Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) at the Peoples’ Choice Awards, only to discover that I need Flash in order to vote. Sorry to let you down, NPH. I blame the system. 

I went to vote for Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) at the Peoples’ Choice Awards, only to discover that I need Flash in order to vote. Sorry to let you down, NPH. I blame the system. 


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