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Bells & Whistles: Where, When and What
Deploying rich multimedia sites are becoming more and more a design requirement. However, objective of your site should be determining factor between using D/HTML or Flash for multimedia content. Exposure and generation of revenue solidly discounts use of Flash as major site component - search placement is too important to sacrifice for a simple thing such shiny buttons. D/HTML provides an attractive alternative to ensuring that your site is indexed properly by search engines.
However, Flash should not be put out to pasture based on this: Limited Flash content can still be an asset on your Internet presence if used judisciously. Corporate Intranets are another matter entirely: Flash provides perfect delivery vehicle for rich business applications, where DHTML would be more of a liability than an asset - e.g. training material, presentations and etcetera.
In conclusion, objective of a site should determine which of two technologies are preferred medium for mutimedia delivery.
Riaan Pieterse is the CEO and founder of Kerberos Internet Services CC, South Africa. Having spent a number of years conducting various consulting assignments in the Far East, Middle East, Africa and Europe to businesses and governments alike, Riaan has a solid understanding of the business and technology issues in today's market.
For more information visit http://www.kerberosdev.net