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.


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