Well bust mah britches and call me cheeky, on Sun, 29 Jul 2007 13:57:02
GMT SpaceGirl scribed:
>> Yes, you make many good points. I think the conclusion is that Flash
>> has to be improved, as does html/css, etc. -And the browsers. It's
>> just that sometimes I get a little sick of all the things that
>> _don't_ work under "normal" html auspices. Yesterday I found a
>> beauty of a bug in Firefox. Reload a page of thumbs and the first
>> one disappears... Oh, I'm sure there are conditions. I think the
>> thumb has to be bigger than a certain size, and perhaps centering
>> plays a part, but it's definitely a bug - for something as simple as
>> that. (Probably relates to the cache because it only happens
>> online.) Geesh, will they ever get it right?
> Yes and no. Flash CS3 (AS3) is a quantum leap in technology as far as
> online multimedia goes, so it is down to developers & designers
> getting to grips with it rather than any particular flaws in the
> technology itself. Of course, Flash is not perfect, but we're FAR from
> close to exploring the limits of the sort of experiences AS3 allows us
> to create. And because the world is moving fast, of course... we'll
> never get it right. There's always something new and untested, some
> new technology that is 1st generation or some new way of rendering
> content. Personally I think HTML is going to become less and less
> important. We live in a multimedia world, and the top-down "page"
> metaphor has a limited future; video, interaction, graphics, different
> ways of exploring information and content, completely new metaphors
> for describing content; these are things HTML is terrible at. Adobe
> Flash CS3 (Flash 9 with AS3) and Microsoft's WPF are a step into the
> sort of platforms we should be developing for online.
Uh huh, my feelings are very similar to yours. I do think the situation
might have been currently different if html were the crisp, adept, non-
buggy interface it's supposed to be, however. But reality is different,
and as I implied before, pagemakers will use whatever best satisfies
_their_ needs to create the kind of page they want to communicate with
_their_ audience. It's a bit like the difference between .wma and .mp3
files. To digital music fans, the former is a joke, -created by MS to
control the interests of themselves and their proprietary clients. Well, I
don't care about those interests; I care about my own. Mp3s are much less
invasive or restrictive. So saying, the main trouble I have with Flash is
that it's still proprietary. If Abode were smart, they'd open-source it.
-Now, before something free [and more "accessible" :)] takes it place.
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