[K12OSN] Ignorance is bliss..but this is outrageous...

jconlon1 jconlon1 at elp.rr.com
Thu Jun 24 13:27:27 UTC 2004

Add to this the fact that a great many Internet users are using older
browsers that can't handle Flash even if the player is loaded.  I have
friends who run commercial sites and neither uses Flash because of this one

>On Mon, 24 May 2004 01:28:36 -0500 Tim Litwiller <tim at litwiller.net> wrote.
>#1 reason to not build a site in flash  - search engines will find no 
>content at the site so no one will be able to find your site.   - If no 
>one can find the site what is the point of building it.
>#2 beginners should be taught about the building blocks of a web site, 
>how to make the site accessable - flash makes a site inaccessable to 
>handicapped and mobile browsers.
>#3 the people that push flash the most are people converting from paper 
>publishing and they think they have this new found freedom to create 
>interactive sites - then they find out that in html  absolute 
>positioning is not easy - different users have different sized screens 
>etc.  so to get the exact layout they want they move to flash.
>I don't have a problem with some one adding a little bit of flash to a 
>web site - but of all the flashy flash sites I've seen none come close 
>to the easy of use, speed and functionality of good old html. Good fluid 
>page design should be taught and design is not the top priority of a web 
>site - content is. 
>If you where trying to find some information on the internet which would 
>you choose? a fancy moving page that took 5 minutes to scroll to the 
>bottom of a tiny little flash scroll interface and had some awfull music 
>that you can't turn off or a site the that had the information you where 
>looking for and you could scroll to the information you need and back 
>before the flash site even got loaded?  I don't know anyone that 
>appreciates getting stuck in a flash site.
>Huck wrote:
>> at one of the schools I support..there is a decision being made to 
>> incorporate 'FLASH' into the computer curriculm...
>> Flash in and of itself is not bad...but teaching it as a primary 
>> design tool for webpages IS BAD.
>> It's nearly as bad as teaching Frontpage without explaining HTML or 
>> CSS in order to learn how to design and develop a decent website.
>> I need help in explaining that adhering to a standard and teaching the 
>> concepts behind the standard is more important than having flashy 
>> moving objects and animations on a website.
>> The worst part is the people involved in making the ultimate decision 
>> and providing the teaching currently have zero experience with Flash 
>> or any sort of Web page design.
>> How would you go about nipping this in the bud given the decision 
>> isn't yours?
>> --Huck
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