The Guardian Interactive Team use Flash, almost exclusively, to create data visualisations and infographics for interactive content on guardian.co.uk. The two main reasons are that it is quick to build and that it looks identical in all browsers.
- It does not look identical in all browsers, it relies on Flash player. In cases of no Flash there is simply no content (other than a message to upgrade/install the player or a message that you are using an iPad/iPhone). An aside to this is that Macs don’t come pre-installed with Flash since October 2010.
- The information has no underlying structure; so this will be its only purpose
- Keyboard navigation is erratic – choosing a random route around the circle, broken at some point by moving to the “Show all connections” link.
A better way
- Semantic HTML document structure
- Sensible keyboard navigation, pressing left and right arrow key takes you around the circle one-by-one
The code for this is in Phone-hacking on Github so fork away.