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I have a client that wants to have Flash buttons on their website. As much as I hate Flash, I am trying to comply with their request.

I have not been able to find a single Flash button generator for Ubuntu at all. Can someone point me in the right direction?

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I'd personally stick with your gut feeling and reject their request for Flash buttons for a few reasons:

  1. Search engines won't spider through them (essentially hurting the site's ranking).
  2. Pages take longer to load because Flash adds a lot of overhead on low-powered systems. They won't work at all on things that don't support Flash (read: millions of smart phones).
  3. Buttons are harder to edit and maintain.

The first two should be justification enough for the client.

If you need a button to do something fancy, I'd look to Javascript. Unless you're getting really whacky, you can do simple animations, even play sound (but a plea from the internet: please don't) in a nice, accessible way.

StackOverflow is probably a more helpful place for specific help on doing something like that though.

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Sadly, you and I know that but the people who are going to write my paycheck don't. They refuse to listen and I need the income so I am not going to refuse to do the site because they are insisting on it. Guess I will have to get a windows machine to get the button done, but thanks. –  Robert Brim Feb 21 '11 at 2:23
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Yes, I've worked with clients who want splash screens and Flash navigation but I've actually been fairly successful explaining the downsides of Flash because there are such strong business reasons for not using it. Reasons based on the result of diminished sales through poorer traffic. It's in their interest to not want it, you just have to educate. And as I've said, there are accessible alternatives that can deliver similar effects. –  Oli Feb 21 '11 at 14:03

You could use online button(and other effects) generators like this or this.

You could also use css3 gradient buttons instead of flash.

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