Detect whether Flash is supported and display the appropriate <div>

Posted on 2014-11-20
Last Modified: 2014-12-05
I need to detect whether a browser supports Flash and then display the appropriate div within a web page. The div will just contain an image link. For example:

Detect whether flash is supported

if supported:
<div id="flash">
a link to flash content web page

if not supported:
<div id="Other">
a link to non flash content page (pdf)

You quick reply is deeply appreciated.
Question by:davidgm
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Author Comment

ID: 40456274
My intention was to display an image link that directs to the Flash page and not embed the Flash movie in the div itself, I can't seem to see how to do this with swfobject?
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Expert Comment

ID: 40456309
Grab the library here and add to your page

Under Dynamic Publishing

Code sample taken from the link above
<script type="text/javascript">
swfobject.embedSWF("mymovie.swf", "flashcontent", "550px", "400px", "9");

<div id="flashcontent">
      Fallback or 'alternate' content goes here.
      This content will be replaced by the SWF
      after SWFObject embeds it.

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Author Comment

ID: 40457465
OK, I did this. It works for the non Flash content. That is, it displays a link button that users can click on to view a pdf document. However, it does not work for the Flash content. Yes, it embeds the flash in the div (a small div located on an html page with lots of other content in it) but that is not what I need. If Flash is supported, I just need to put a - button link - that, when clicked on, takes to a separate html page that has the Flash file embedded in.
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Gary earned 500 total points
ID: 40457978
var version = swfobject.getFlashPlayerVersion();

// has flash
// no flash

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