I have an app that uses HTML5 video and our customer still needs to support IE8. Gross.

Anyway, I came up with this directive in Angular to for embedding a SWF for when I need to fallback to Flash. It works fine so far, but I would like to see if there is anything I can do to improve it. Can anyone see a case where this would fail? I am using Modernizr to detect if the browser supports video (Modernizr.video). If it doesn't if falls back and I load this directive.

The directive:

'use strict';

angular.module('flash-embed', []).directive('flashEmbed', [function()
  return {
    restrict: 'A',
    replace: true,
    template: ['',
     '<object data="{{src}}" type="application/x-shockwave-flash">',
        '<param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" />',
        '<param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" />',
        '<param name="wmode" value="transparent" />',
    scope: {
      width: '@',
      height: '@',
      src: '@'
    compile: function(elem, attrs, transcludeFn)
      return function link (scope, element, attrs)
        scope.$watch('src', function(src)
          element.append('<param name="movie" value="' + src + '" />');

Its usage:

<div flash-embed src="testpreso/flash/preloader.swf" width="966" height="600"></div>

EDIT 5/8/2015 update

I am having troubles using this in IE8. A client of mine needs IE8 support, booo. The error I am getting in IE8 is:

[Object Error] description: "Invalid argument." message: "Invalid argument." name: "Error" number: -2147024809

It has to do with the object tag I believe. I found this thread that may shed some light on the issue: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/9150938/invalid-argument-in-ie-8-on-jquery-prepend-on-flash-objects

I will update if I figure this out

  • \$\begingroup\$ This looks great to me, perhaps work in a comment about which pieces in the code are there to support IE8 specifically? \$\endgroup\$ – konijn Mar 31 '15 at 18:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @konijn, Thanks! Nothing in this particular piece of code is related to IE8. I was just stating my reason for needing to build the directive \$\endgroup\$ – Ronnie Mar 31 '15 at 21:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ Any reason for compile instead of the more standard link? \$\endgroup\$ – Dmitri Zaitsev Apr 11 '15 at 15:51

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