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HTML vs. Flash (BDM)

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 by art325b

HTML is supported by default, and with more people complying with the W3C standards, there are less and less cross browser compatibility issues. Many basic things can be achieved with HTML, such as the main content of a page, rollover effects, and even slideshows. This is the best choice when making simple and clean designs for websites.

Flash has its own set of pros and cons, but for the most part it can cause some trouble. Adobe Flash Player has to be downloaded and updated regularly for flash elements to be viewed on any browser. Animations can be a good thing when used correctly, but they can become an annoyance when there are too many or are distracting. It’s also annoying to see flash on a site that is of low quality. I’ve noticed that when I view a flash site for a long period of time or play flash games that my computer tends to overheat as well. When used properly, flash can really enhance a website and grab the viewers attention in a good way.

In the past people would go gaga over flash elements in a site like slideshows or something similar, but nowadays these things can be done through HTML and CSS. 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