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Subject: Re: FLASH: FLASH 99% BAD
From: Andrew Le Sage
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 15:02:14 GMT

True what you say but this form of web design is only at the beginning. What will happen when everyone in the western world is Broad Band, file size will not matter. It is also easier to protect you or your clients work in Flash, particularly if it is music. It is more flexible than HTML and if people are to stupid not to realise they are viewing Flash and that the browser buttons do not work the way they do it HTML I do not think I want them on my site. Most visual artists like painters that I have worked with love the zoom feature. At the end of the day the only thing really going against Flash is the file size. In the future this will not matter so much and in the mean time you can design with it in mind, you can look at the bandwidth profiler and load images before you need to show them when there is a drop in the rate of streaming. A little thought goes a long way. I feel that too often people get caught up in the tech and forget the art or visa versa, we need a nice balance. Sometimes a stunning design will not have tons of animations just one or two very small ones in the right place and time.
That is what I think.
----- Original Message -----
From: Thorvald Neumann
To: Chris Lucania
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2000 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: FLASH: FLASH 99% BAD


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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