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[SOLVED] Drop down menus disappearing because of a Flash object


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Old Dec 20, 2010, 06:53 PM
ChuckMunson
 
9 posts · Dec 2010
First of all, want to say how much I appreciate the Atahualpa theme. Been using it for websites for the past year and I'm recommending it to other web developers.

We ran into a problem today when we launched a new website for our client. (www.jma-it.com)

The drop-down menus (spawned from the category menu, which we converted to a page menu) are not displaying for Internet Explorer and Chrome users who visit the home page. The drop down menus work in Firefox and they work on all sub-pages for various browsers. The problem appears to be a Flash object we have snuggled underneath the menu bar. I added a non-breaking space in the header settings to see what was going on. It moved the Flash animation down and showed that the drop-down menus look like they are behind the Flash object when viewed with IE and Chrome.

Here is the Header code:

%image <div id="menu-center">%cat-center</div>
<?php if( is_front_page() && !is_paged()) { ?>
<div id="carousel" align="center">
<object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=7,0,19,0" width="100%" height="300px">
<param name="movie" value="carousel/presentation.swf?xml_path=carousel/slides.xml" />
<param name="quality" value="high" />
<param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" />
<embed src="carousel/presentation.swf?xml_path=carousel/slides.xml" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%" height="300px" allowFullScreen="true"></embed>
</object>
</div>
<?php } ?>

Can we fix this with z-index or is there a bug here?

Thanks for any advice!

Chuck
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Old Dec 20, 2010, 07:22 PM
ChuckMunson
 
9 posts · Dec 2010
I should add that we're using Atahualpa 3.5.2 and WordPress 3.0.1.
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Old Dec 20, 2010, 07:22 PM
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lmilesw
 
10,174 posts · Jul 2009
Central New York State USA
Try adding wmode="transparent" to the embed code. See example below.

<embed src="carousel/presentation.swf?xml_path=carousel/slides.xml" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%" height="300px" allowFullScreen="true" wmode="transparent"></embed>
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Old Dec 20, 2010, 09:27 PM
ChuckMunson
 
9 posts · Dec 2010
Thanks for the advice. That seems to have solved the issue for Google Chrome, but IE is still not showing the menus.
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Old Dec 21, 2010, 06:48 AM
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This may not fix the problem but do you have the sub-menu bug fixes in place?
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Old Dec 21, 2010, 07:52 PM
ChuckMunson
 
9 posts · Dec 2010
I installed the sub-menu fix but that didn't resolve the problem. That was uploading one file, right?

Guess I'll move on to seeing if z-index resolves the problem.
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Old Dec 21, 2010, 07:55 PM
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10,174 posts · Jul 2009
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Also you might want to try turning off the menu animation. That has caused issues with some configurations.
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Old Dec 22, 2010, 07:20 PM
ChuckMunson
 
9 posts · Dec 2010
Turning off the Javascript menu animation has no effect.
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 03:51 AM
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23,628 posts · Mar 2009
OSX 10.11.5 WP 4.x Atahualpa(all) Safari, Firefox, Chrome
what plugin are you using?
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 08:02 AM
ChuckMunson
 
9 posts · Dec 2010
We are using:

All-In-One Cufón
Announcement and vertical scroll news
Contact Form 7
Executable PHP widget
MailChimp
Quotes Collection
TS Custom Widgets
WP Events Calendar
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 08:53 AM
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23,628 posts · Mar 2009
OSX 10.11.5 WP 4.x Atahualpa(all) Safari, Firefox, Chrome
Are any of these controling the flash or is that hand made? I was trying to repro it, but can't get to the flash
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 08:55 AM
ChuckMunson
 
9 posts · Dec 2010
The Flash carousel animation is created by special software called Flash Slideshow Maker.

I may try and generate the Flash animation using another program to see if the Flash is causing the problem.
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 11:13 AM
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Here is a link to one I have seen on WordPress.org. Here is their demo page. Not sure if it will fix the issues but it looks kind of interesting.
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 12:12 PM
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And another flash carousel menu maker I just tested and it did work is on this site. This one has an online configuration tool for creating the xml.
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 11:42 PM
ChuckMunson
 
9 posts · Dec 2010
Thanks, Larry. I'll test these out over the weekend on my mirror of the production site.
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Old Dec 25, 2010, 05:08 PM
ChuckMunson
 
9 posts · Dec 2010
Larry: I generated a new carousel animation using the software from FlashXML.net. This not only solved my issues with the drop-down menus with IE, but it gave me the customization I needed to meet the client's wishes. On the other hand, this isn't really a Flash animation, so this doesn't resolve the questions about Flash objects being placed underneath the menus in Atahualpa. It's possible that this is only an issue with the Flash animation I created with the other problem. It might be worth researching this issue more because more people will be doing what I was doing with the animation under the menu.

Thanks for the help. I'll make a donation soon and subsequent donations when I use the theme for other projects.

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