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    Cool whats in Vogue ?

    current trends on the web ? interactivity, video streaming, 3d worlds, panoramic navigations, whats currently in "fashion" has flash had its day ? Or is it all subjective

    anyway just a thought..

    discuss...

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    good question! works on so many levels!

    Flash isnt out of fashion, its still fashionable to use flash, i do think the 100% flash site is slowly decreasing its stance as the cool thing. Flash has its purpose, and i think the flash community is really starting to find that now.

    Dynamic content is something that has always been "in" and I think it has taken some of the luster off the idea that sites 5 years down the track will be like watching an infomercial.

    flash dead? not a chance! I think flash developers have found the true benefits of flash. They are all so seeing the pitfalls of the technology.

    Interactivity, is huge, it allways has been. It goes beyond hovering a mouse over a circle and watching it spin, true interactivity is involvment in a site, chatrooms, forums, polls and allmost anything else where your view counts are all interactive elements off a site, theyve allways been around and will allways be around.

    3dworlds arent really a trend, there purposefull or else there not, if there is a purpose to your 3d world then people will want to emerse themselfs in it. if it has no purpose, then its pointless having it, same for allmost everything.

    panoramic navigations? dont think so.. smells a little like pork chop to me.

    Usability accessibility and standards are all something I would call a trend at the moment. Thats a good trend that i would like to see grow. If this means using
    less flash or whatever it may be, then good, the good far outweighs the bad.

    ill shut up now.. maybe

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    I don't think flash will ever have it's day. It will eventually evolve into something new, with more power and more "bits" to it.

    Interactivity on a web site will be the key things in the next few years. Looking at static web pages will become a thing of the past, especially as high speed connections to the net get more and more accesible.

    The whole panorama thing isn't going to be a big player I don't think. Sure it's okay when looking at real estate but what else is it's use for? Not a lot. Maybe when you can don a helmet and be "inside" the web, then panorama style software will come to the fore.

    I definately think interactivity will be the biggest things for web sites. If people can interact either with the server in some fashion, or other people they will keep coming back, and ultimately that's what a web site is all about, getting people to visit and preferably for them to keep on visiting.


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    Well, i just donīt know exactly what to say

    Internet has so many faces lately, that you just donīt know what to think about. I have been working for 6 years developing stuff and creating websites, portals, loungesites, that i think i have maybe seen it all, but no, this place keeps on evolving and evolving!. Flash...... humm, the only site that you may think that forcefully must use flash, doesnīt, just a movie on their index page to show some products!! (I am talking about macromedia!!). I can tell that flash is a really good way to enjoy the websites, but only really pros know how to make flash punch people, in fact, it is a job for creative people and video producers, but then comes the huge problem in flash that those people donīt know how to resolve. The interaction in FLASH! yeh! another big issue. There is where webmasters and coders come to scene!, they just donīt know how to create a form that sends information to a database end even less how to retrive information from a database to their flash movies!!!. That is the future of flash, a blended mix between dreamweaver UD and Flash, a program that enable developers to create fantastic movies and make recordsets as easy as developers make in DW MX.

    Interactivity depends on the kind of info people throws in websites. The only thing i see that every site has got to have is a search engine that crawls all the info they could have. About forums, chat and stuff my opinion is that in some cases they are useless. take a look at the chatroom of every site you visit and you will find out that there is noone hanging around there, and why would i visit the forum of somesite.com if i can get here?. Forums are only worth for spetialized information like the one you are reading right now!.

    But there is one thing sure that will the internet do and does right now. All the services that donīt depend on websites take room often on the net to transfer information. Quick, easy and affordable way to have things on NY and New Zealand at the same time.

    This is getting a little bit boring for you, so i stop here and let you mind about this. "The portal era has died" people just want to get stuff here.!!

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    Sorry, but I'm pretty sure imo the term "In Vouge" isn't

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    Difficult to gauge.

    For what it's worth, I reckon the web is too blinkered to really see what's possible. Take for example the talk about Flash. Flash is constantly evolving, and in MX we have a great product which is a lot more powerful than a lot of people give credit for. Yet people will still see faults and say it's between 2 stools or will never see it's day

    In reality nobody knows where it's going to go, and the people who claim they do are probably the same people who said back in '95 that the web would be totally 3 dimensional by now.

    One thing you can be certain of though is that it's going to get a lot more flexible and the likes of flash, and database integration are going to make a lot of seriously cool stuff possible.

    As for what's in vogue - that's down to you and your audience. What the corporate world likes compared to what you might like are often completely juxtaposed.

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    one thing that is slowly but surely heading for extinction are sites that don't serve a purpouse...e.g. those 4 page brochurewares and the "this is my first homepage" with the little animated "under construction" icon...
    it's not good enough anymore to "have a website" to be cutting edge (i'm thinking more in terms of businesses), now that pretty much every 10 year old already has his quake clan page or whatever online
    so, getting back on topic, interactivity - meaning useful sites that serve a purpouse, and NOT bells-and-whistles features that let you change background colour or other useless drivel - is definitely the way to go, usually coupled with database-driven backend that integrates directly with a business' systems (accounting, ordering, stock-keeping, etc) wherever applicable.

    i'd say a huge trend (at least in the academic sector here in the UK) is a clear move away from HTML, via XHTML towards XML delivered via Content Management Systems (CMS) and XSLT...which is the area i'm working around at the moment...but that's probably beyond the scope of this thread
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    Trendy areas to be involved in at the moment (at least in my opinion) are:
    • Content Syndication (with XML)
    • Web standards
    • Designing with XHTML and CSS (relates to the above)
    • Web Services
    • Usability
    • Accessibility
    • Information Architecture
    They may not involve flashy graphics, but in my opinion content drives the web and the above are all involved with making content on the web more flexible and useful.

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    What skunk said.

    (plus dhtml driven flying animated gif's of course )
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    The power of Flash is yet to be realized, that's for certain. You have to look beyond what Flash was used for in the past and realize what it can now do in terms of usability, flexibility, and speed today.

    With the advent of Flash remoting software, XML socket servers, broadband access, the acceptance of the Flash player on the web and more people learning how to build Flash apps that work natively with db's, the better off many of us will be. Here\s an example of some real world use.

    My partner and I have recently built an online scheduling system (vacations, weekly, daily, on-call etc.) for a large regional doctor's office that, that would be have been an absolute slug if we used HTML and javascript. A ton of actionscripting, CF, and XML allowed us to build an app interface that covers 365 days, contains 600 individual queries and is under 14 KB! Try that with multiple page reloads and traditional parameter passes via jscript. Its pretty slick to say the least.

    Anyways, before you rule out Flash as just some bloated navbar or lengthy intro creation tool, look at how it could speed up your dev and design time for a variety of clients.

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    Definately (Geof) - long, large, useless intro that get skipped before it even finishes loading!

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    i think the <blink> tag has had its day.... thats to say it never was in vogue!

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