DHTML or Flash?

Written by Riaan Pieterse

The last five years has seen an exponential growth inrepparttar use of shockwave and flash animations in creating websites. The old tried and trusted techniques such as D/HTML are slowy moving over to make room for this newer multimedia delivery vehicle. Scripting, such as Javascript, is viewed with disdain by some and ignored by others. Yetrepparttar 105175 people who advocaterepparttar 105176 use of flash/shockwave in creating multimedia-rich sites are not askingrepparttar 105177 right question: Is all that glitters gold?

An important facet of flash / shockwave glossed over by most people is that these technologies are a packaged scripting environment: In other words - most of what you can do in flash, you can do in DHTMl with a liitle effort. A question that pops up at this stage is: Why would I want to go through all of that? The answer is simple and is illustrated by way of practical example.

Pick a topic - any topic - and typerepparttar 105178 relevant seach keywords into your favorite search engine. Now try to find a flash site underrepparttar 105179 first thirty results. You will be surprised to find that this 'silver bullet' of web design does not even feature. The majority of search engines do not supportrepparttar 105180 indexing of shockwave / flash sites - this can have a detrimental effect on your Internet business if you rely on search engine traffic to generate revenue. Remember one thing: Content is king andrepparttar 105181 only recognised content is in HTML pages.


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