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Responsive Web Design Patterns by Chelsea Myers

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Understanding sliders and carousels

At one point, these terms meant different things. Sliders slid images on and off screen in one direction, while carousels moved images with a 3D circle effect. Today, we use these terms interchangeably; probably because we depend on them so much. Sliders and carousels are overused and abused.

Clients and developers want them because they think, "It allows me to show my users multiple things in one space." But that's not what happens. Unless what you want the user to see is on the first slide, the chance they will actually see it is incredibly slim. Even if you are putting the most important content on the first slide, and you use an automatic transition to the next, you are adding an expiration date to the content ...

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