HP.com policy on the inclusion of Flash
HP.com employs Flash movies to deliver multimedia presentations that
reinforce concepts or messages that are being conveyed on the site.
In developing these presentations, we have endeavored to create
content that is usable for everyone.
To this end, we have provided links to equivalent HTML-only content
with decorative animation removed. Depending on the setup of a given system this content may be
more usable than the Flash movies.
These Flash movies were developed with the use of Flash MX, which,
according to Macromedia,
contains accessibility features. We have conducted rigorous
accessibility testing and made every possible effort to
ensure accessibility of the Flash movies. However, we found the
- Tabbing around the Flash pages is difficult
- Certain buttons are not labelled
- Some pictures lack textual description
Limitations of Flash MX
Although it is our goal to offer the same content to everyone, the
technology available still has limitations. At this time the
limitations of Flash MX authoring tool and the Flash 6 player are
- The Flash 6 player (version 6,0,29,0) does not support
accessibility properties specified via Actionscript
- The Flash MX authoring tool does not allow for accessibility
properties to be set dynamically using ActionScript. These properties
must be set statically at time of authoring.
- There is limited ability to change the focus of the assistive
tools when multiple Flash movies are presented in a single page
- There is incomplete keyboard access, including an inability to
use forms entirely via keyboard
support for Flash
Another limitation that affects the accessibility of Flash for our
users is the support for flash in assistive tools. At this time,
Flash support is provided in
In addition, the support for Flash in these
is limited and often assistive technology users will have a difficult time
utilizing Flash movies that were created despite the authors best efforts to
make the movies accessible. The HP.com team recommends
utilizing the HTML-only content alternatives if you
find this to
be the case.
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