Flash fashion

Why oh why oh why are so many websites falling victim to the current mania for Flash graphics? Obviously it’s a good way of doing complicated things like the Scrabulous game or the BBC iPlayer, but just what does it add to a straightforward static page, apart from download time and accessibility problems?

The worst example I’ve been hit by recently is the Dilbert site. I used to visit this every morning, for a useful antidote to another day at work, but then they added so much futile Flash that it’s become almost unusable.

However, all is not lost. I’ve recently started using Google Reader to subscribe to various web sites’ feeds (such as the BBC Internet Blog or my internet connection daily usage figures) and have added the Dilbert site feed. This delivers just the cartoon strip, with minimal overhead. Perfect!

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