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You know that great FlashObject script for embedding Flash movies? Well, Adobe found out about it, and while they like what it does, they don't like the name. Read more over at Geoff's blog.

begin rant...

Adobe really dropped the ball on this one. FlashObject made detecting and embedding Flash painless and a lot less ugly than all the Flash embedding HTML templates that can be published from within the Flash IDE. It's the best solution for dealing with the whole IE/Eolas/ActiveX issue. They should be thanking Geoff, but instead they're just hurting a well-established (176,000 results in google for "flashobject"), very useful project.

It's not like the name of the script is MacromediaFlashObject or AdobeFlashObject. Then I can maybe see a case for them asking him to change the name.

What's next? Will Adobe begin crawling the web and asking web developers to change their code to replace any JavaScript function, JavaScript variable, X/HTML element, directory name, filename, and web domain that has "Flash" in it?

Am I going to have to change the name of Flash Pearls?

Will I have to remove "Flash Portfolio" from the title of my personal website?

OK I'm taking things to the extreme here, but this really annoyed me (I can't imagine how Geoff must be feeling).

Well, time to populate Google with the new script name:

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