Flickr Ditches Flash

Well, on some of their pages at least. Flickr is no longer using Flash to show photos and notes. They have switched to using DHTML instead.

We’ll we’ve gone and done it. In answer to countless requests, photo pages no longer use a Macromedia Flash wrapper to display photos; instead we are using an old technology called “DHTML.”

In addition, the “Send to Group,” “Add to Set,” and “Blog This” buttons above photos now allow you to perform relevant actions right there on the page!

And also, links now work in notes! (And we’ll soon be adding some more cool auto-linking features when the links point to Flickr pages.)

I am guessing this may be a result of things like Lickr, which used various Firefox extensions and tools (Greasemonkey, etc.) to strip out the Flash and replace it with DHTML. Looks like they may have thrown in a little Ajax as well, allowing you to do some tasks directly from the photo page.

Of course the best part is that now I can look at Flickr in my NetNewsWire browser.

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