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How'd They Build The New Flickr Uploader?

Hi everyone

I was wondering if some people could comment on the new Flickr uploader at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/upload/

I find a couple of things very intriguing, particuarly some things that i
thought were impossible to do with javascript/client-side stuff

1) clicking "Choose photos" opens up a browser 'file' dialog with "Files of
type:" pre-selected with jpg and bmp extensions. in addition, you can
select *multiple files* for upload with ctrl-click. i thought both of
these were impossible in terms of having users upload files via forms.

2) the file-sizes are displayed before upload. how does the browser know
the size of a file on the client machine? i didn't think it was possible
either...
I love the way Flickr pushes scripting, those two things have me stumped
because from what I can see, it's just regular javascript/xhtml stuff and
no plugins/flash/active-x going on at all.

Aug 17 '07 #1
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Rik
On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:10:02 +0200, Good Man <he***@letsgo.comwrote:
Hi everyone

I was wondering if some people could comment on the new Flickr uploader
at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/upload/

I find a couple of things very intriguing, particuarly some things that i
thought were impossible to do with javascript/client-side stuff

1) clicking "Choose photos" opens up a browser 'file' dialog with "Files
of
type:" pre-selected with jpg and bmp extensions. in addition, you can
select *multiple files* for upload with ctrl-click. i thought both of
these were impossible in terms of having users upload files via forms.

2) the file-sizes are displayed before upload. how does the browser know
the size of a file on the client machine? i didn't think it was possible
either...
I love the way Flickr pushes scripting, those two things have me stumped
because from what I can see, it's just regular javascript/xhtml stuff and
no plugins/flash/active-x going on at all.
Euhm, yes, they use Flash. Just works the old way with plugins disabled.
--
Rik Wasmus
Aug 17 '07 #2
Rik <lu************@hotmail.comwrote in
news:op.tw7pk7ioqnv3q9@metallium:
On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:10:02 +0200, Good Man <he***@letsgo.comwrote:
>Hi everyone

I was wondering if some people could comment on the new Flickr
uploader at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/upload/

I find a couple of things very intriguing, particuarly some things
that i thought were impossible to do with javascript/client-side
stuff

1) clicking "Choose photos" opens up a browser 'file' dialog with
"Files of
type:" pre-selected with jpg and bmp extensions. in addition, you
can select *multiple files* for upload with ctrl-click. i thought
both of these were impossible in terms of having users upload files
via forms.

2) the file-sizes are displayed before upload. how does the browser
know the size of a file on the client machine? i didn't think it was
possible either...
I love the way Flickr pushes scripting, those two things have me
stumped because from what I can see, it's just regular
javascript/xhtml stuff and no plugins/flash/active-x going on at all.

Euhm, yes, they use Flash. Just works the old way with plugins
disabled.
Euhm, when i'm right clicking, i don't see any Flash menu, just the
regular browser right-click menu.... and when I view without CSS styles,
i see all the page elements....

is it really flash???
Aug 17 '07 #3
Rik
On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:45:01 +0200, Good Man <he***@letsgo.comwrote:
Rik <lu************@hotmail.comwrote in
news:op.tw7pk7ioqnv3q9@metallium:
>On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:10:02 +0200, Good Man <he***@letsgo.comwrote:
>>Hi everyone

I was wondering if some people could comment on the new Flickr
uploader at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/upload/

I love the way Flickr pushes scripting, those two things have me
stumped because from what I can see, it's just regular
javascript/xhtml stuff and no plugins/flash/active-x going on at all.

Euhm, yes, they use Flash. Just works the old way with plugins
disabled.

Euhm, when i'm right clicking, i don't see any Flash menu, just the
regular browser right-click menu.... and when I view without CSS styles,
i see all the page elements....

is it really flash???
Indeed, a little bird told me:
PSST - There's a much slicker version of our Uploader that you can
use if you have JavaScript enabled and the latest version of Flash
software installed. You can download the free Flash player here. Once
you've installed it, come back here to see the flashy version of our
Uploader.
Uninstall Flash from you computer and find out :P

(Oooh, in the early days Opera supported multiple file-uploads in just one
file-input element. And instead of the very nice feature spreading it was
taken out later on...)
--
Rik Wasmus
Aug 17 '07 #4
Good Man meinte:
Hi everyone

I was wondering if some people could comment on the new Flickr uploader at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/upload/
Those wizards at flickr... ...use flash.

Quote:

"PSST - There's a much slicker version of our Uploader that you can use
if you have JavaScript enabled and the latest version of Flash software
installed. You can download the free Flash player here. Once you've
installed it, come back here to see the flashy version of our Uploader."

Gregor


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Aug 17 '07 #5
Rik <lu************@hotmail.comwrote in
news:op.tw7qf6mqqnv3q9@metallium:
On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:45:01 +0200, Good Man <he***@letsgo.comwrote:
>Rik <lu************@hotmail.comwrote in
news:op.tw7pk7ioqnv3q9@metallium:
>>On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:10:02 +0200, Good Man <he***@letsgo.com>
wrote:

Hi everyone

I was wondering if some people could comment on the new Flickr
uploader at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/upload/
Indeed, a little bird told me:
PSST - There's a much slicker version of our Uploader that you
can use if you have JavaScript enabled and the latest version of
Flash software installed. You can download the free Flash player
here. Once you've installed it, come back here to see the flashy
version of our Uploader.

Thanks for the comments.

Glad to see I didn't miss a big leap in javascript functionality!!!

Aug 17 '07 #6

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