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Re: Strange MSN results page

__/ [ wd ] on Tuesday 23 May 2006 17:10 \__

> On Tue, 23 May 2006 15:58:59 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [ wd ] on Tuesday 23 May 2006 15:48 \__
>> Maybe it's that all Urge influence. You know, that MTV-MS collaborative
>> campaign (the Web site of which is said to have stolen KDE artwork). They
>> liaise over the need to compete with the iPod and iTunes from Apple...
> Is the 'KDE' artwork still there?

I haven't checked for days, but do have a look:


Some more comments confirming that in:


>> I hate Flash content. You can't copy text, you can't save it properly,
>> can't search within page, and the list goes on and on. Any "Why Flash is
>> Evil" page would probably list these among the reasons. What annoys me is
>> that some people (my cousin included) actually insist on using Flash. They
>> don't give a goddamn about search engine potential, openness,
>> (in)dependence on vendor and proprietary formats. Their loss. I definitely
>> will not get involved... *sigh*
> Flash is a terrible idea for most web sites.  I know of large businesses
> that cannot be easily found online because their sites are 100% Flash and
> the titles of their pages (page?) is the domain name: www.the_domain.com.
> No one could ever find their site in the first place to even give them
> some IBLs.  Sometimes I surf the web from DSL on my thumb drive and it
> doesn't have Flash installed on it.  Flash pages just turn up blank.

Yes, exactly. I mentioned it this morning in a different conetxt. Videos that
are embedded as streaming Flash cannot be viewed in most PDA's. I was trying
to defend Google Video and YouTube.

> I also hate it when people ask me to make a web site (I always tell them
> "no Flash") and then they ask things like, "can you make this part fade
> in and out and spin around repeatedly so the page won't look boring".  Or
> even worse, the animated splash screen: "click here to skip intro".

EXACTLY! That's why I'm so really glad to design no pages for anyone. They
would steer you away to some Flash-only Web site and say "I want this" or
"why can't you do it like this?". Others will fail to compare high-quality
pages like CSS Zen Garden and some 'Flash-orgy' (pardon this non-sexual
phrase) Web site. I keep telling them that embedding proprietary in a black
box is no Web site. It's worse than writing a document by shoving some
pieces onto A4 and getting it 'pixel perfect'.

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz
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