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How to Design Websites by Alan Pipes

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Flash

One thing an animated GIF does not have is sound: for animations with music and sound effects, you need Flash. Back in the days before CSS, graphic designers would go to great lengths to make the web reproduce their typography and layouts; they would convert type into images and even construct entire websites using the multimedia program Adobe Director (formerly Macromedia Director). Visually these might have looked fine, but the trade-off was a near invisibility to the search engines and a snub to accessibility aids; they required the user to download Shockwave plug-ins, represented huge files and hence download time, and were notoriously difficult to print out. Flash too has suffered from these drawbacks, but has evolved to address them ...

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