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Five Ways Using Flash Can Damage Your Site
By: Katie Gatto
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    Table of Contents:
  • Five Ways Using Flash Can Damage Your Site
  • What is Flash?
  • When Flash Dominates
  • Flash in a Supporting Role

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    Five Ways Using Flash Can Damage Your Site - What is Flash?

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    Just in case you are very new to developing web sites, we are going to provide you with a brief introduction to flash.  That way you can stay up to date. Here is a definition courtesy of Wikipedia. 

    Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash) is a multimedia   platform that is popular for adding animation and interactivity to web pages. Originally acquired by Macromedia , Flash was introduced in   , and is currently developed and distributed by Adobe Systems .

    Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, and various web page Flash components , to integrate video into web pages, and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications . Flash can manipulate vector and raster graphics , and supports bidirectional streaming of audio and video. It contains a scripting language called ActionScript .

    Several software products, systems, and devices are able to create or display Flash content, including Adobe Flash Player , which is available free for most common web browsers , some mobile phones and for other electronic devices (using Flash Lite). The Adobe Flash Professional multimedia authoring program is used to create content for the Adobe Engagement Platform, such as web applications, games and movies, and content for mobile phones and other embedded devices.

    Files in the SWF format, traditionally called "ShockWave Flash" movies, "Flash movies" or "Flash games," usually have a .swf file extension and may be an object of a web page, strictly "played" in a standalone Flash Player, or incorporated into a Projector, a self-executing Flash movie (with the .exe extension in Microsoft Windows ). Flash Video files [spec 1] have a .flv file extension and are either used from within . swf files or played through a flv-aware player, such as VLC , or QuickTime and Windows Media Player with external codecs added."

    *definition courtesy of Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash , under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License .

    Now that we all understand the nature of the beast, we can take a look at some of the most common ways that misusing flash can harm your site. That way you can avoid them in your future designs.

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