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Flash Web Design - The Wave of the
By Michael Turner
There are two camps when it comes to flash web design,
those who believe it is the wave of the future and those
who do not. To decide which camp you want to be part of,
you of course need to learn a little bit about flash web
design and try it out as well to see how you feel. The
following overview on flash web design should help you
form at least a basic opinion about flash web design and
whether it is here to stay or not.
However, the real truth for flash is not if it is the
wave of the future or not, but if it is the wave of the
future for particular websites that could benefit from
it. The wide variety of websites show that flash is good
for some, horrible for others. Whether or not it will
be good for you lies in your website and what you are
trying to accomplish. Read the good and the bad of flash
below, and then make your own decision.
Some of the Bad
- The back button often times does not work which many
people really dislike. In addition to this, links do not
change color so you cannot keep track of which links you
have visited and which links you have not meaning you
will return to the same page frequently and waste time.
- Not every computer has flash, so if you visit a website
that is based on flash it will ask you to download a plug
in. Most surfers are apprehensive about downloading anything
from the web they are not sure of, and as a result wont
download it and be able to access your site. Obviously,
this results in you losing visitors and in the long run...
- Intros that involve Flash are seen as a huge waste of
time by most web visitors. They take a long time to download,
especially if your visitor does not have a fast connection.
While the content is loading, a visitor often heads to
a different site especially if you do not allow them to
skip the intro.
Some of the Good
- Flash can give you a site that is more interactive than
HTML and one that can download just as quick and sometimes
quicker, not to mention a better viewing experience.
- Flash is consistent. This means that whether you are
on a PC or Mac, use Internet Explorer or Netscape, regardless
of age, the image you see will be the same. This is not
the case for HTML which looks different on all platforms.
As with every other type of technology, if Flash is the
future people will embrace it and grow accustomed to it.
We'll see exactly what the future holds for flash technology.
About the Author
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