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The Demand for IFrames in Flex

No matter what I've tried, the demand for iframes in Flex doesn't go away. Recently there's been a number of interesting comments on an old post of mine about Embedding HTML in a Flex application using an IFrame. Dennis wrote new instructions for using the code in Flex Builder 3, ariel linked to an issue with Firefox zooming, and Kedungwuluh linked to an example application.

All of these comments come after I've essentially stopped commenting on the iframe posts that I've written. There's also some great alternatives, as linked in the Embedding HTML post, which have had more active development than my solution. And most importantly, I've written Don't Use IFrames for HTML in Flex which I prominently link to in the Embedding HTML post.

But my passive and active attempts at moving people away from the iframe post hasn't worked at all. The post is consistently the most popular on this blog, getting about 3500 views a month, and the 159 comments keep growing. Of course, writing all this new information isn't going to help, but I don't think it really matters. Obviously the solution is good enough for a lot of people. And there's a lot of people still searching for a really good solution for HTML in Flex.

Comments (3)

Maybe putting the AIR webkit browser in the flash player is the next step. I think you would find a lot of web developers putting fullscreen flash with only a web page in the webkit browser display for ie6 as an ie6 css fix ;)

I'm not sure if that solution would make me laugh or cry. :)

Unrelatedly, I didn't really spell it out in the post, but that last link is for an Adobe enhancement request for a better solution.

I also don't mean to sound like I don't enjoy the traffic to my site! I just think the iframe solution has a lot of issues and am surprised to see the continued demand for it.


"The spirits that I called" (Goethe)


Btw, another nice alternative for some use cases might be this one: http://code.google.com/p/htmlwrapper/