Monday, March 22, 2010

No Silverlight and Preloader Experience(ish) - in 10 seconds...

here is the basic's...:

<body background="Img/ScreenShot.png" >
<object id="SilverlightControlObj" name="SilverlightControlObjNm"
type="application/x-silverlight-2" width="100%"
<param name="source" value="ClientBin/SUGWTK.xap"/>
<param name="onError" value="onSilverlightError" />
<param name="background" value="white" />
<param name="minRuntimeVersion" value="3.0.40624.0" />
<param name="autoUpgrade" value="true" />
<br /> <br />

if that didn't make since... so for reference take a look at my site and view source. If you don't know how to view source on a web page... you probably should stop before you hurt your self...

lets start with the background image in the case of the same above... this is basically a screen shot of what a user could see if they have silverlight. then where you see the center tags that is where you put your 'non' silverlight stuff. If you refer back to my site source code you can get complicated and add an entire downlevel experience for non silverlight users. If you have an ecom site then you really need todo this. if on the other hand your site is called hacking silverlight like mine then you can be a bit more less friendly for silverlight.

In any case one other thing you can do is add a preloader animation.

here is a link to the preloader on my site:

and to use one you add something like this to the object tag used to create your silverlight application:

<param name="SplashScreenSource" value="Inc/Preloader.xaml" />

In any case doing a preloader and custom install experience is the best way to help the non silverlight visitor and help making the loading your site that much cooler for the Silverlight users of your site.

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