A Flash coded site does not have to be bloated or an awful viewing experience.
often seem to be compulsory
When I see a percent-loading widget, my heart sinks; unless the site has been very-well built to be small and load quickly, I usually navigate away. It should be remembered that modems are still in use, and that broadband users hitting a data limit (as is my case) can be slowed to 64kbps.
There should be an Interpol alert out for this character Skip Intro
(probably an alias) to be arrested and charged for bloat
and very poor taste
in the ICUE (International Court of User Experience). But seriously, the existence of skip intro
shows that a lot of Flash is merely flash
, and not meaningful content.
The level of scripting power that Flash ultimately achieved is remarkable, but I believe one of its problems as a run-time environment is that it contains old code for compatibility, and is bulkier and slower than it could be (its hooks into Windows graphic cards make that the only reasonably-performing platform for Flash; my Macs can and do crash even scrolling a page with Flash).
B/G: I taught animation at a tertiary level in the late ’90s and early ’00s, and Flash was just about the only game in town, so I came to know it well. But never love it. And there are many many Flash programmers out there who will have to adapt to change which they will resist strongly.