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    To the lowest denominator

    Hi,

    I came across this sentence when I was reading, "Allowing Flash to be ported across platforms means things get dumbed down to the lowest common denominator.", I can make out the general idea, But I don't fully understand it.

    What does "to the lowest common denominator" mean, and how do I use it?

    Many thanks.
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    Re: To the lowest denominator

    The sentence you have quoted doesn't make sense. Please review it and use Edit Post to correct it – followed by Save.

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    Re: To the lowest denominator

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The sentence you have quoted doesn't make sense. Please review it and use Edit Post to correct it – followed by Save.
    Sorry, I thought I've double checked this sentence, but still missed the "be".

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    Re: To the lowest denominator

    You also missed 'common', and I can't help feeling that 'Flash' should be in inverted commas.

    What is 'Flash'?

    EDIT: I've just learnt that the verb 'port' is a computing term meaning

    to create a new version of (an application program) to run on a different hardware platform (sometimes fol. by over).
    (Collins)

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    Re: To the lowest denominator

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You also missed 'common', and I can't help feeling that 'Flash' should be in inverted commas.

    What is 'Flash'?

    EDIT: I've just learnt that the verb 'port' is a computing term meaning

    (Collins)
    "Flash" here means the software Adobe FlashPlayer.
    Actually it's "to the lowest common denominator", I missed too many words, Sorry for that.....

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    Re: To the lowest denominator

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/low...on+denominator

    A simple search pretty easily reveals the non-mathematical meaning.

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    Re: To the lowest denominator

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/low...on+denominator

    A simple search pretty easily reveals the non-mathematical meaning.
    Actually I did before I posted this, but I just can't get it, will you please interpret it in a more plain and simple way?

    And by the way, this website that you mentioned I've been using for a couple of months, it's really handy.

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    Re: To the lowest denominator

    In this context, the idea is that if you make a function like Flash available on all kinds of OS's and platforms, then you will not have all of the features that you would have if tailored to one platform. You only have the basic functionality that is common to all of the platforms.

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