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Subject: Re: FLASH: FLASH 99% BAD
From: Thorvald Neumann
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 17:01:44 GMT


Monday, October 30, 2000, 4:13:43 PM, Chris Lucania wrote:
> Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox for October 29 is now online at:
> http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20001029.html

What's wrong with it? It is informative and partly reasonable.

There are many Flash "designers" out in the WWW, who do not think on
the usability of their Flash "masterpiece".

Major concerns are IMHO:

- file sizes should be kept small (use more movies with smaller size
than one big movie...)

- designing against general usability guidelines (e.g. wrong side of
navigation, too much "flashing" and too much movement everywhere on
the screen, etc. etc.)

- fullscreen mode (disables people desktops, quite annoying when
desktop is set to 1600x1280...)

- navigational elements of the browser do not work within a Flash
movie (which e.g. leads to an overall back-button which navigates the
HTML core pages, and internal back-buttons within the Flash movie...)
--> You can emulate the buttons from Flash, but you cannot get the
--> browser to directly address you Flash movie... This would be a
--> cool feature...

Just some thoughts.

Considering Nielsen's concerns, it is obvious that there should be at
least a small HTML-page accompagning a Flash site.

And do not forget: Nielsen has another approach to webdesign, but I
would not call him a "web guru" as I read in some other magazines
earlier this year.

Best wishes,

Thorvald Neumann
Multimedia Developer

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