Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

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Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by Marno » Wed May 16, 2018 8:16 am

It's no secret that Flash has been deprecated since 2015 and will soon, mercifully, be obsolete. All of the major browsers have announced that they will cease to support Flash within the next couple of years. In fact, it's already unsupported on Android's Chrome (among others).

Indeed, if you still have Flash enabled on your machine, you seriously should turn it off for security reasons.

Therefore, Flash teases no longer work both on some platforms and on computers where the owner is using a higher level of security, and will be officially unsupported on all platforms quite soon. Milovana is one of the few hold-outs in the Flash world.

The good news is that kerkersklave (thank you!) has created a HTML5 Viewer for all of the Flash teases! I personally feel that this should become the new default to replace Flash on Milovana, as it satisfies the new security regime.

The one problem with the HTML5 Viewer is that if a Flash tease has syntactic bugs, it won't work on it. The dev kerkersklave tries to be forgiving of errors, but there are some bugs that he simply cannot work around. This affects quite a number of Flash teases, mainly the older ones, but also some of the newer ones (such as the recent Where is my wife? — you can see its error message on the HTML5 Viewer).

So…

Might I ask all Flash authors to please check your teases against the HTML5 Viewer?

This is a good thing to do anyway, as it will point out problems in your syntax.

To check your tease:
  1. Go to the HTML5 Viewer
  2. Replace 664 with your tease number in the ID area
  3. Check the box "check tease for issues"
  4. Press Start. If there is a bug, it will be shown after a few seconds. (If you don't check the box "check tease for issues", the HTML5 Viewer will attempt to work around bugs. Errors will be shown only if it can't work around them.)
Thank you from a security-minded tease lover!

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by SpiritualMigrant » Fri May 18, 2018 12:21 pm

Imo, we should do something so that's automatic, because I can't imagine new people to the site doing those manipulations
At least, make that the new teases are in that new format ?

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by 666 » Fri May 18, 2018 2:52 pm

I just tried it for 'House of Edging: The Dark Rooms and got this. No idea what it means...

Error occured during loading of tease

Error type: org.scalajs.dom.ext.AjaxException

Message: Timeout occured.

URI:
ht.ef.Xh(https://sklavedaniel.gitlab.io/Milovana ... js:504:203)

ht.ef.fb(https://sklavedaniel.gitlab.io/Milovana ... js:514:200)

XMLHttpRequest.<anonymous>(https://sklavedaniel.gitlab.io/Milovana ... js:276:265)

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by Marno » Sat May 19, 2018 8:37 pm

666 wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 2:52 pm
I just tried it for 'House of Edging: The Dark Rooms and got this. No idea what it means...
That's bad news :-( . That tease used to work. I'll get hold of the HTML5 author and let him know.

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by Ghingis » Sun May 20, 2018 8:21 am

666 wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 2:52 pm
Message: Timeout occured.
This just means the html viewer were not able to reach the milovana servers and get the information in an acceptable time frame.

Anyway I checked it now and it has a proper error:

Code: Select all

Message: Could not parse tease meta-information.

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by Marno » Sun May 20, 2018 8:48 am

Ghingis wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 8:21 am
… I checked it now and it has a proper error:

Code: Select all

Message: Could not parse tease meta-information.
That's the error that I get. It used to work.

Looking further, I've tried this on a number of teases, and I'm getting this on every one of them including ones that used to work — except for number 664, the default shown on the HTM5 Viewer.

I've let the dev know on his thread.

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Post by kerkersklave » Tue May 22, 2018 1:49 pm

Thank's for informing me. As always, please send me a direct message or quote me in your forum comment, so I receive an e-mail.
I do not check the forums or the viewer every day, so I can jsut miss it.

The issues looks like milovana changed something. I am parsing the metadata like author name and title from the HTML-Pages and if they change this might fail.

I will look into it tonight.

Also the reason for some teases working: I replaced some teases with a modified version that is not loaded from milovana. These teases keep working. I did this to fix teases that have syntax errors that the viewer can not handle.

If someone wants to help, I could provide you a list of teases, that are broken, and you can fix them. I currently do not have the time to do that myself.

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by Marno » Tue May 22, 2018 2:18 pm

kerkersklave wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 1:49 pm
I will look into it tonight.
Thank you!
kerkersklave wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 1:49 pm
If someone wants to help…
Is this something that a lay person can do, or does it require a fair bit of technical knowledge? If you can explain exactly what is required, would it be OK for me to post a request on your behalf?

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by kerkersklave » Tue May 22, 2018 2:23 pm

I would provide you with a list of teases, you would have to download the tease scripts, and manually upload them to the viewer. (There is an option to do that).
The viewer will show you some error message with a line number and some kind of syntax error. Something like "expected ( at line 150 position 12). You would have to look into the script and try to figure out what is wrong and fix it and upload it again.
For some scripts this can take a while.
Sometimes it is also possible to recoginize a certain type of error and fix all of them in one script at once.

Once it is fixed, you send the file to me and I add it to the collection of fixed scripts.

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by kerkersklave » Tue May 22, 2018 5:08 pm

Ok, everything is working again.

Milovana changed a very small detail in an URL that I parsed. The link to an author profile.
Previously it contained an # that is now a ?.

Usually, it is stuff like that. It would be great, if Milovana had some kind of API, as parsing stuff from HTML-pages is unrelyable.
So please always inform me as quickly as possible.

By the way: you can always download the script and upload it manually to milovana and specifying the author-id manually. The teases would still have worked this way.

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by Marno » Tue May 22, 2018 9:57 pm

kerkersklave wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 5:08 pm
Ok, everything is working again.
Thank you so much!

If I can figure out how to download a script, modify it and upload it, will I have to do that every time, or will your system remember the uploaded version?

EDIT: I missed your previous reply, sorry. I think that I understand now. I'll see what I can do.

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by morewanking » Tue May 22, 2018 10:40 pm

Marno wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 8:48 am
Looking further, I've tried this on a number of teases, and I'm getting this on every one of them including ones that used to work — except for number 664, the default shown on the HTM5 Viewer.
If same mistake occur in all (or almost all) teases, than mistake in parser, not teases themselves.

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Re: Flash tease authors: Request: Please check your webtease in the HTML5 Viewer

Post by Marno » Wed May 23, 2018 2:06 pm

morewanking wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 10:40 pm
If same mistake occur in all (or almost all) teases, than mistake in parser, not teases themselves.
Yes, kerkerslave has already answered this. The problem was a change in Milovana. It's working again.

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