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The Pros and Cons of Using Flash Design on Your Website
Flash design has long been the bane--and sometimes joy--of web designers everywhere. This article is the second in a two-part series meant to help you decide--flash or no flash?
For every person who extols the virtues of flash design, there is another who proclaims flash website design is a particularly impressive kind of evil. It seems there is little middle ground in the love/hate debate over flash design. But how do you choose which side youre on?
Flash Design: Smart Web Design or Gimmick Run Amuck?
First introduced in 1996, flash design struggled for acceptance for a few years until website designers put it into widespread use. At first it was considered a gimmick, but it quickly became a tool for adding videos, tutorials, and interesting features to websites in an attempt to draw and keep surfer interest.
Today, yoiu can find flash web design on countless websites, but some computers have trouble loading flash. Some issues have been identified with the use of flash design in todays popular products, which has led to little flash support on iPhones, iPods, and iPads.
Whether flash will ride the wave of the future remains to be seen. What you need to know is about the here and now. What are the pros and cons of flash design for your website?
Pros of Flash Design
If you think flash design might be perfect for your website, consider what your goals are. Do these pros fit in with your vision for website design?
Cons of Flash Websites
The pros are tempting, but what about the cons? Those deserve some serious consideration:
Many website developers get around the flash issue by offering a flash introduction with simple "skip flash" option. With one click of the mouse, the flash is gone and the user is browsing the website in a simpler fashion.
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