4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 21, 2009 9:23 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Use of flash buttons - not a good idea?

    Mikes1471 Level 1
      Hi guys

      I've been advised in an earlier post against the use of flash buttons. As someone relatively new to Adobe products I'm interested to know how flash buttons don't seem to be supported but flash moves or indeed flash websites are in abundance and seemingly have no problems, or personally speaking I've not had problems viewing such websites in the past. I'm not contending the opinion I was given but as someone on a learning curve I think it would be invaluable to learn how one works and not the other.
      Also, what would be a suitable alternative to flash buttons, I'm considering using jpg images which change on mouse-over using javascript.

      Mike
        • 1. Re: Use of flash buttons - not a good idea?
          joeq Level 1
          not saying they're a good idea or a bad one - but my understanding is that flash buttons are a) potentially not accessible to all your users, b) not indexable by search engines, and c) more labor intensive to update. all or none of these things might matter to you based on the target audience of your site.
          • 2. Re: Use of flash buttons - not a good idea?
            Level 7
            I'll say it. It's the mark of the amateur, and DEFINITELY not a good idea.

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            "joeq" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
            news:gl8igt$am9$1@forums.macromedia.com...
            > not saying they're a good idea or a bad one - but my understanding is that
            > flash buttons are a) potentially not accessible to all your users, b) not
            > indexable by search engines, and c) more labor intensive to update. all or
            > none
            > of these things might matter to you based on the target audience of your
            > site.
            >

            • 3. Re: Use of flash buttons - not a good idea?
              joeq Level 1
              sigh - i was trying to be nonjudgemental. one may have a site where seo is a nonissue and they know that their audience has the latest flash-equipped browser (like mine, for example. while i choose to not use flash for different reasons, i don't rely on search engines as a meaningful source of business and/or leads.)

              quote:

              Originally posted by: Newsgroup User
              I'll say it. It's the mark of the amateur, and DEFINITELY not a good idea.

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              Murray --- ICQ 71997575
              Adobe Community Expert
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              "joeq" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
              news:gl8igt$am9$1@forums.macromedia.com...
              > not saying they're a good idea or a bad one - but my understanding is that
              > flash buttons are a) potentially not accessible to all your users, b) not
              > indexable by search engines, and c) more labor intensive to update. all or
              > none
              > of these things might matter to you based on the target audience of your
              > site.
              >




              • 4. Re: Use of flash buttons - not a good idea?
                Level 7
                Amongst other things:

                a) For those who don't have Flash or have an old version and cannot update
                should the latest version be required (corporations, universities, public
                institutions etc), how do they navigate your site if they cannot view the
                buttons?

                b) They're a pain to update. You have to recreate the button every time
                there's a text, size or colour change

                c) Adobe has recognised that Flash buttons are a poor idea by dropping them
                in CS4

                d) SEO - clever coding required for search engines to read them

                > Also, what would be a suitable alternative to flash buttons, I'm
                > considering
                > using jpg images which change on mouse-over using javascript.

                e) Use CSS styled text buttons instead such as
                http://www.search-this.com/website-design/css-rollover-buttons/.

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                John Waller