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Subject: FLASH: Overall Design Question - mixing flash and html
From: Jefferis
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 23:09:44 +0100

You all ever heard of the proverb: "The Cobbler's Son has no shoes?"
That's the way I feel... I've got so much work to do for clients, I never
seem to get around to finishing my own site :-( or learning the rest of
I love the design and art part of my work, but I get more demand for now
in marketing and writing and simple sites... oh well, at least I am
making a living... but my site gets left for weeks at a time... and I
feel unprofessional... I still haven't advertised it yet because of

But here's my question and observation. I have viewed quite a lot of
your sites, and they are ASTOUNDING. But I am just as concerned with
reaching that 15% that doesn't have Flash and won't install a plug in...
because of commercial concerns. SO for now, all my sites have to be DUAL
html and Flash for those who express the desire, and plain html the most

One thing I notice is that dedicated flash sites seem to use all menus
which load various movies, which means that the entire LARGE file is
loaded before you see any part. Once loaded, you switch between movies
relatively rapidly.

This situation makes it seem as if moving between plain html and Flash is
un-aesthetic, and the norm is full Flash and only flash when a client is
capable. But I am wondering if this flashy use of Flash should be the
norm. I noticed the problem when trying to use a Flash Menu to go back
and forth between my html pages and my flash samples, etc. The use of a
separate flash movie as a menu makes a back button require time to load
[first time] instead of being an instant cached page... I am not happy
with it. {PLUS I find that the text menu's with ample mouseover areas
are still hard to click and select without hitting an adjacent one, but
that just may be my fault]. {JC has written me a fix for this situation,
but still, large movies require a lot more waiting for many clients].

So, I am wondering if a better alternative as a low bandwidth norm is to
use small Flash graphics on html pages, as faster versions of animated
gifs. I.E., instead of making the whole site Flash enclosed, to use
Flash as the ornament... So far, most of you pros don't do your sites
this way, and perhaps that is just because you want to show off your
capabilities [ and I don't think you are wrong for doing that!].

But for average clients's sites, I would think faster loading, low
bandwidth flash graphics might just make regular html pages zoom... And
that mixing small flash graphics on regular html pages will allow the
more normal and less time consuming html link navigation [especially for
pages that are text oriented and informational].

Does this rambling make sense to anyone, or am I just out in left field?


Peterson Sales
Web Design and Marketing
410 Woodland Ave.
Grove City, PA 16127-1824

Tel. 724-458-4160
Fax. 724-458-7169

ICQ 19112253

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