The rise of “flash” websites

Arghhhh!! Is my response as my browser crashes yet again because I clicked on a link to a website using flash. Ok, I know I need to fix my browser, but thats not the point. When I finally came back to the site that used the offending flash, I find they could have quite easily made the thing without going within 100 miles of flash!

Flash, I will admit, has its uses, but only in animation and such puposes. A navigation bar, images or textual content does not, under any circumstances need to be in flash, in fact it would be much better if it were not. What about people who don’t have the plugin? Worse, what if they are blind and need the screen read to them, but the readers don’t understand flash? It’s the bane of the web it really is.

I admit my rant is purely initiated by my browser crashing when viewing flash, but it is also fueled by the increasing number of sites I am seeing online using unecesary flash, and the usuability issues I am acutely aware of as a result. Web designers should stop and think. Don’t just take the easy way out. Learn your code; HTML and CSS can do a lot more than most people give them credit for, and they are readable by most anyone or anything.

   

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9 Comments

  1. James Said,

    February 27, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

    I’m sure you’ll defeat Ming the Merciless shortly and leave Mongo happy before returning to planet Earth..

  2. Kieran Said,

    February 27, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

    er…. right…. quite what this has to do with websites running flash enabled content I don’t know.

  3. Lib Said,

    February 28, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    Please do elaborate james because after reading that comment, I must say I’ve been left slightly bemused?! Who the fook r Ming and Mongo? :S

  4. James Said,

    February 28, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    None other than the legendary Flash Gordon!

  5. Adam Said,

    February 28, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    Young James was making a reference to the cartoon series “Defenders of the Earth” with the main protagonist being “Flash Gordon” and his evil nemisis “Ming the Merciless”. His subtlety seems to have alluded many of us in the past and continues to do so. 😛

  6. Kieran Said,

    February 28, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

    This is the first time I have been eluded by James’ subtlety. The link, as I have said many a time on air, is tenuous at best….

  7. Niall Said,

    March 1, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    http://www.niallfleming.co.uk/articles/webusability.php

  8. Kieran Said,

    March 1, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

    Indeed, Niall you have done us all proud in the crusade against bad web design; I had forgotten you had written that great article – nice one 🙂

  9. James Said,

    March 2, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

    Will Ming the Merciless gain victory this afternoon?

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