Merative ™ Social Program Management has removed Adobe Flash dependencies in 2020
Merative ™ Social Program Management is now Cúram ™ by Merative™
You can now remove all Flash dependencies for charts, widgets, and editors for all Merative Social Program Management 7.0 versions. Download and install two software assets, one for charts and widgets, the other for editors. Charts and widgets have been replaced with new modern interfaces, and editors have been replaced with new stand-alone versions. This technote describes the background to the changes, and provides a full description of each asset and how to download and install each asset.
Customers that are on an earlier release of Social Program Management can contact Merative Customer Support by raising a support case through the Merative Support Portal.
In July 2017 Adobe announced their intention to end-of-life Flash. In a statement Adobe said:
"In collaboration with several of our technology partners - including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats."
Since that announcement, browser vendors have made it increasingly difficult for users to use Flash and some have announced that they will not support the Flash player after the end of 2020.
Now in 2020, the Social Program Management product has no dependency on Adobe Flash:
- Some of the Flash dependent charts and widgets were replaced with equivalents that use an alternative technology.
- Widgets and editors, that are not now used, were deprecated with the intention of removing them from the product in the future.
- Some of the charts and widgets that were no longer used have previously been deprecated or replaced, and will now be removed.
- Two new assets were released to remove Flash dependencies for charts, assets, and editors.
Installing the assets
Editor Applications asset
Use this asset to enable standalone versions of the following editors:
- The Cúram Express Rules (CER) editor
- The Data Mapping editor
- The Data Store editor
- The Intelligent Evidence Gathering (IEG) editor
- The Decision Matrix editor
- The Dynamic Evidence editor
After the asset is installed, to ensure that you have the appropriate server updates, you must reinstall the asset if you upgrade to Social Program Management 7.0.0 or later through one of the following upgrades:
- Modification Releases
- Refresh Packs
- Fix Packs
- Interim Fixes
Charts and Widgets asset
The current functionality of the charts and widgets is maintained for existing customers, with enhanced accessibility where appropriate. A new color scheme from the Merative Carbon Design System provides an accessible and enhanced user experience. Colors on certain charts were updated to meet the contrast ratio (3:1) defined by 1.4.11 Non-Text Contrast (AA) in WCAG 2.1.
After the asset is installed, you must reinstall the asset if you upgrade to any Social Program Management 7.0 version through one of the following upgrades:
- Modification Releases
- Refresh Packs
- Fix Packs
- Interim Fixes
Flash-dependent editors whose usage has changed
Use of the following editors now requires the installation of the asset.
|Dynamic evidence editor||The dynamic evidence editor is a graphical editing environment for dynamic evidence type version metadata. Administrators can use the dynamic evidence editor to define the storage, behavioral, and visual characteristics of dynamic evidence type versions.||DynamicEvidenceEditor.swf|
|Decision matrix editor||The decision matrix editor is used to define the logic (rules) to be used in determining an assessment outcome. The decision matrix editor provides a user-friendly environment and interface for the users to create, edit, and validate a decision matrix.||DecisionMatrixEditor.swf|
|IEG editor and data store editor|
Decision Assist integrates with Cúram Intelligent Evidence Gathering (IEG). The integration enables the creation of and maintenance of Decision Assist questionnaires by using the IEG editor. The process includes creating new questionnaire sections, pages, clusters, questions, and question aliases.
The required data store entities and attributes, and the data types of the attributes are configured by using the data store editor. The data store entities and their attributes can then be used for the question pages and questions in the IEG editor.
|CER editor||The Cúram Express Rules (CER) editor provides a user-friendly environment and interface for both technical and business users to create, edit, and validate a rule set and its rule classes.||CERTEditor.swf|
|Cúram Data Mapping editor (CDME)||Data mapping is the process by which data from the Cúram Datastore is mapped into Cúram evidence entities. Data is mapped by the Cúram Data Mapping Engine by using mappings that are configured in the Cúram Data Mapping editor. Mappings are created for a program on an intake application.||CDMEEditor.swf|
Flash dependent charts and widgets that can now be replaced
For those SPM charts and widgets that are widely used and currently depend on Flash requirements, SPM provides a replacement that:
- Provides the same user functionality
- Makes minor changes to the users experience
The following table lists the charts and widgets:
|Flash dependent charts and widgets that can now be replaced in SPM 7.0 versions|
|Enhanced Client Selection||Used to select multiple clients when creating an Outcome Plan.||EnhancedClientSelection.swf||ReactJS, HTML, CSS|
|Create Social Enterprise Folder||Used to select multiple clients and cases when creating a Social Enterprise Folder.||SEF_create.swf||ReactJS, HTML, CSS|
|Citizen Context Viewer (CCV)||Reduces amount of navigation required to understand relationships between people and cases.||CitizenContext.swf||ReactJS, HTML, CSS|
Flash dependent items that were deprecated in 2020
There are a number of Flash dependent widgets that are no longer in use. The widgets were deprecated during 2020 and the code will be removed in a subsequent release.
The following table lists the widgets that were deprecated:
|Flash dependent widgets and editors that were deprecated in 2020|
|Timeline and Progress Timeline (also known as Outcome Plan Workspace)||The workspace within an outcome plan provides a case worker with the capability to access recommended and recently added objectives and activities. Caseworkers are presented with one of two types of workspace, the activity workspace or the objective workspace depending upon what type of workspace the system has been configured to use.||OutcomePlanWorkspace.swf||Redesigned Dojo version now available and on by default.|
|Discussion Widget||Used for Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) collaboration.||DiscussionWidget.swf||Replaced with UIM pages.|
|SEC and UA Rich Text Editor||Rich Text Editor in SEC MDTWorkspace and UA. Used for large formatted text entries such as Discussions, Incidents, Meetings and Meeting Minutes.||RichTextEditor.swf||Replaced by CK Editor.|
|Business Intelligence Charts|
Charts integrated into the online application that offer front end business users a view into the aggregated data in the data warehouse, to support them in decisions they make as part of day to day business.
Business and Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) charts have been added to some areas of the application to provide a graphical view of data to users. For example, the Employer homepage contains a chart showing the number of permanent and the number of casual workers. Also the chart contained within a Payment Correction case gives a visual indication of the balance; how much is written off, how much is paid and how much is outstanding.
LineChartLegendX.swf, PieChartLegendX.swf, PieChartNoLegend.swf
(X = Above, Below, Left, Right)
|All BIRT charts were changed not to use Flex technology and render as PNG images since SPM 188.8.131.52.|
|Case Determination Graphical Display||Provided a graphical view of the key decision factors for a determination.||CaseDetermination.swf||Deprecated in V7 as part of the 'Merative Social Program Management Express Rules (CER) Key Decision Factors'.|
Flash dependent items that will be removed from the product
The following Flash dependent widget was previously deprecated in SPM and the code will be removed in a subsequent release.
|Flash dependent charts and widgets to be removed from the SPM product|
|Evidence Flow||Provided a graphical representation of all evidence types for a case as an alternate view of case evidence to users. Evidence types on a case were represented as a series of ordered tiles.||EvidenceFlow.swf||Deprecated in V7 as part of the 'Evidence Flow' feature.|