1 (edited by pduncan67 2020-02-17 15:55:36)

Topic: What happens when Flash is no longer supported?

more and more browsers have been dropping support of Flash.  A lot of Widgets require Flash to make your custom settings (i.e. Zip Code, etc.)  How will subscribers be able to setup/modify new or existing devices?
Thanks -

Re: What happens when Flash is no longer supported?

That's a good question, which I don't really have a perfect answer for.

Most of the chumby-authored widgets typically allowed configuration from the widget directly in addition to configuration from the website.  Most of my personal widgets behave the same way.  Third-party widgets, not so much, and there's little I can do about that.

Back in the early days, one of the plans was to offer the ability to provide HTML-based widget configuration as alternatives to the Flash-based configuration (the server keeps a mime type for the uploaded files to keep track of that).  The central problem was that such a configuration would typically require several files (html, css, js, images, etc) as opposed to the simple single-file method used with Flash, and it wasn't totally clear how to host those files properly in a way that was manageable, secure, and safe.

I will look to see if there are any remnants of that in the old server source code - however, even if implemented, third parties would have to go back and revise their widget configuration apps to the new method.  I don't know how much appetite they have for that.