Flash Usability. That’s an …

Flash Usability. That’s an oxymoron, right? Seriously though, I’m glad to see that Macromedia is starting to take this issue seriously. The biggest problem with Flash is that it’s a presentation-based format, which doesn’t work very well for information-based and data-based web sites. And until people start seeing Flash as a nothing but a shell or vehicle for that data, then we’ll continue to see the crap that’s made Flash such a dirty word in many usability circles. The web is, and always will be, a data-based (i.e. text-based) medium. To ignore this and to base an entire site around the pretty bells and whistles that Flash offers is a gross and negligent mistake being made by many web designers around the world.

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Posted by Cameron Barrett at November 28, 2000 10:58 PM

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