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  • I think that websites would be better without the use of Flash

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  • I prefer websites to have Flash

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  • I don't care one way or the other

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    What are your views on websites that use Flash?

    Why does Flash continue its pointless existence?

    it occurred to me many moons ago, but after reading this website, i decided that i wanted to find out what other people thought.

    from what i understand, every web designer seems to want to make his/her website as beautiful as possible. but almost all of them are entirely missing the point and have no clue whatsover about what makes people want to visit their website. the reason why they use flash is more to do with showing off their web design skills than it has to do with making their website friendly, navigable, and usable.

    the general rule that i heard donkey's years ago is that if a website takes more than about 3 seconds to load, then people will just go somewhere elsewhere. they won't stick around, even if your website is the epitome of beauty and the information that they are seeking to find on the website is ultra important.

    and after reading the above website, it seems that the stance that people have about usability hasn't changed in the last 7 or 8 years.
    personally, i find flash to be slow, irritating, totally impractical, utterly annoying, utterly pointless, often crash inducing, useless, pathetic,........i mean, why does it still exist? it has no point whatsoever.

    message to any web developers: do yourself and the general internet viewing public a masssive favour and get rid of flash entirely and totally from your websites....please.

    so what are your views on flash? do you think that websites shouldn't use it so heavily, do you appreciate the use of websites that use flash, or do you not care one way or the other?
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    Re: What are your views on websites that use Flash?

    I voted they'd be better without, although I'm not completely against it. There are a very few occasions where I don't mind it. But just about no situations I can think of that would require it.

    As long as they don't go overboard with it, it's tolerable to me. But when the site is nothing BUT Flash, even navigation, I just go elsewhere. I use FlashBlock in Firefox, so it's rather humorous to hit some sites that are nothing but empty boxes with "F"s in the middle...

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    Re: What are your views on websites that use Flash?

    As long as they provide a link to a non flash version at the very start its cool.

    If they dont I tend to exit and go elsewhere. I have broadband so its not a speed issue, well it is , I am impatient , I want it now , not in 20 seconds
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    Re: What are your views on websites that use Flash?

    As long as they don't go overboard with it
    yes, they're the websites that i'm having a go at. those websites that start with music and a flash intro, and that means that when i load such a website at 3am and i've earlier forgotten to turn the sound down after listening to AC/DC loud, it doesn't exactly endear me to others in my house. the navigation is another aspect which completely overlooks an emphasis on usability principles, and sometimes needs people to have a Degree in Orienteering. when i go to a website, i really don't want to marvel at other people's web design skills. i just want to go to the website, get the information that i want, then leave.


    I am impatient , I want it now , not in 20 seconds
    apparently, you are no more impatient than anyone else. thats the way the general public tends to feel, it seems.
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    Re: What are your views on websites that use Flash?

    I don't really mind flash sites too much only if it is really needed.
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    Re: What are your views on websites that use Flash?

    Flash / Flex is great in the right hands

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    Re: What are your views on websites that use Flash?

    I don't like the use of flash at all. Why? Because My computer/OS goes slow.
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    Re: What are your views on websites that use Flash?

    I've been without flash for a while, mainly because it's non-free, and I have to say I'm liking the internet a lot more. I don't get any annoying ads, and I can still watch YouTube (Using a Javascript hack), so everything ended up working out in my favor.

    Still, sometimes I long to watch videos on random websites using flash; But that's not enough to make me want to ruin my whole flash-free experience, and to go against my Debianistic standards. I'm a free software zealot

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    Re: What are your views on websites that use Flash?

    Flash is good for sites like youtube. Flas is not good for corporate sites or any other site where text information is what is being served. Websites are for information. Flash hinders the search for information in most cases.

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    Re: What are your views on websites that use Flash?

    Good for presentation...bad for presenting content.

    What I mean is, when it's just used for a logo or something it's nice, but when your entire site DEPENDS on it and shows all its information through it, then it's just annoying.

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