Count me among the flash haters, too, particularly when it's used for commercial sites. I've been to some of those, looking to make a purchase or get information, and was aggravated enough by the site "design" to decide not to purchase anything from that company.<br><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Flash doesn't suck, it's bad Flash programmers that suck. Good Flash rocks!<p><hr></blockquote><p>Flash mostly sucks. There are examples of good flash use, but they're few and far between. Here's some problems:<br>1. It encourages gratuitous animation/sound.<br>2. It doesn't allow web features like "make text larger".<br>3. The pop-ups that get though Safari and Firefox nowdays are flash based.<br>4. You can't reduce the data down to pure text.<br>5. It usually requires a specific monitor resolution.<br>6. Printing flash pages look like crap.<br>7. While accessibility features for the disabled have been added to the latest versions of flash, I've never seen a website that uses them.<br>8. It's hard to program a flash site where the browser navigation buttons work.<br><br>Also, the fact that flash is controlled by one company makes it very bad for content delivery. You're at the whim of one company to allow you to view flash content (so we get the issue of poor performance on macs). You have to use the macromedia products to make flash content, so there's no competition keeping them from putting out poor/overpriced products.<br><br>I especially love sites that have a "flash enabled" and a "non-flash enabled" version. That's twice the content to maintain and two completely different coding paradigms. For what? to add sparkly text that chirps as you mouse over it?<br><br>That's not to say you can't use flash. Just think about how you use it.<br>1. don't create entire sites using flash<br>2. don't create navigation using flash<br>3. don't use gratuitous sound/animation<br>4. don't display pure text in flash when you can use plain html<br>5. test the flash animation on multiple platforms, internet speeds, etc.<br>6. treat flash content like you would quicktime or windows media. it's a feature of the site, not the whole site.<br>7. Inform the use what the flash content is so they know what's missing from the site if they don't have the plug-in installed.<br>8. DO NOT USE INTRO PAGES! EVER!<br><br>Actually, you know who uses flash pretty well? Skim does. The site's content is html but he added a flash music player so people could hear his band's music. Nothing gratuitous about it. Plain and simple. Does the job well.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by LoveTheBomb on 04/07/05 09:04 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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