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    flash/html/css

    hi

    i am a graphic designer who has average knowledge of html and css. I also have very basic knowledge of flash. I know some of the reasons behind not using flash for an entire site.

    however, i was wondering where you think flash would be a great addition to an existing html and css designed site.

    a lot of my peers design 100% flash sites but i dont want to go down that route.

    however, i do see froma visual point of view it can be effective.

    anybody have any thoughts on when best to use flash, if at all?

    thanks


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    Well, I'll approach it from a different way to start with... The worst place to use Flash is in your menu (Unless of course you have text/image links to your pages elsewhere which a search engine can reach).

    Personally, I don't mind a little Flash in a Web site header. The header can usually degrade gracefully for those without Flash, and as long as the header is there for aesthetic reasons only, then I don't see any harm in it.

    Of course, Flash is a wise option for animations and games, but I guess we are talking solely about aesthetic features in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redeleven
    a lot of my peers design 100% flash sites but i dont want to go down that route.
    Congratulations ! best decision you've made ;-)
    however, i do see froma visual point of view it can be effective.
    In some cases yes, but what 'flashers' tend to forget that a little flash goes a long way. In the end it will come down to what your client wants. If they want an all flash site, you will have to educate them as to why this isn't the best way to go in the majority of cases.

    Oh yeah and as mentioned, never use flash for a menu system - particularly if you want to have the site optimised for search engines and from an accessibility and usability perspective.

    Nadia

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    cool - kind of as i thought - thanks

    do any of u guys/gals ever use flash?

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    Nope ;-)

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    I've used Flash on occasion. I've never used it in any great detail though. In fact, I've just used it to create simple header introductions on a couple of my sites.
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    I completely agree with the above points. Flash is useful for headers or animating parts of a page but I'd never do a complete site or anything critical to the functionality of the site using flash.

    Multimedia things like flash games are obviously good for flash but beyond that I don't see much use for it and can quite easily get by without it.

    As for flash "Splash" pages.... don't get me started!!!!


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