Here is my problem. As you know, flash files don’t behave the same what when you ignore width/height parameters as images. Images simply show their true dimensions, while flash files show… god knows what.
Im building up a flash game database, and each one has different dimensions. Im using a custom script to manage my database, and the dimensions were hard-coded into the page that displays the flash file, like so:
<OBJECT classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" width="600" height="400" align="center"> <PARAM NAME=movie VALUE="http://www.omfgmedia.com/games/<? echo $filename; ?>"> <PARAM NAME=quality VALUE=high> <EMBED src="http://www.omfgmedia.com/games/<? echo $filename; ?>" width="600" height="400" quality=high TYPE="application/x-shockwave-flash" PLUGINSPAGE="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"> </EMBED> </OBJECT>
This raises problems, since not all flash files are that size, or have that width to height ratio, so some games have horizontal or vertical bars which shouldn’t be there. I could code width/height variables into each database entry for the game, but that would mean I would have to measure each game to find its true dimensions, which is a very painstaking process.