Almost as if James Yu from Scribd read my mind yesterday. Today he posted code to solve the nagging Z-index problem caused by Flash ads. SCOTTeVEST was running a Flash ad underwear campaign on Lockergnome yesterday and each time I scrolled the browser window, the ad unit would ignore Z-index settings and scroll on top of the navigation bar at the top of the page. For those of us who use Flash on our pages, which is almost unavoidable with YouTube embeds, setting wmode on each object prevents elements like video from displaying on top of navigation and drop down menus. With third-party Flash ads, you can’t control the wmode, which means if the ad server doesn’t set wmode, you end up with the problem I described where flash ignores Z-index settings and displays on top of everything.
I’m with James in terms of how I feel about this solution. He points out that solving other people’s coding issues by compromising your own design simply isn’t the answer. FlashHeed is a clever middle ground, solving the problem without forcing you to change your layout.