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Re: Flash Versus JavaScript

__/ [Swatsell] on Sunday 19 February 2006 20:50 \__

> "ZeroLogik.com" <timberfish0077@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:op.s4416r00k18pd7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> On Thu, 16 Feb 2006 17:18:29 -0800, Roy Schestowitz
>> <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> CSS, XHTML and JavaScript are used to emulate some effects that are
>>> typically
>>> achieved by Flash: http://www.christofwagner.com/ . I thought this might
>>> be
>>> of interest to this group. Unlike Flash, this should be search-engine
>>> friendly and it seems fairly accessible too (with JS disabled). The site
>>> has
>>> nothing whatsoever to do with me, but it recently percolated through to
>>> the
>>> Digg front page.
>> The only thing that's missing is a good load indicator.  The images take
>> time to load even on my DSL connection and there's nothing to tell me how
>> far along they are.  Add that, and it's darn good.  I'd still do this in
>> Flash though.

When I designed a site in Flash, I found that alternative routes needed some
work too. Fewer people forbid or have no support for JavaScript in
comparsion with Flash. Thus, having something that works with or without
(try the site in question with JS disabled) is preferable, in my humble
opinion at least.

> I didn't really have any problems with the portfolio items loading. BTW,
> beautiful work. The only advantage I see to Flash over JS is that the
> locations, etc. are all exposed in the code. With Flash, it's embedded
> unless de-compiled.

Yes, which makes it very 'SEO-unfriendly'. Even extracting text and linkage
from Flash files (let alone deep link) is hard. I once became notoriously
familiar a site that used Perl and JavaScript to enable navigation from page
to page. Every single page on that site inherited the same URL with some odd
arguments that percolated through from JS to Perl. It was terrible not only
for discovery and referral from search engines (or so I can imagine), but
also to users, who could not links directly to valuable information.

Ironically, such a site was one among very many that administered
world-standard conferences. Examples below:


Best wishes,


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