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Old 06-12-2009, 05:52 AM   #11
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Still kind of sad. I still think it's best to at least be concious of those who might have modems. I know some people who can't get faster internet because of where they live (though they would have it if they could).

Agreed since I hate waiting for something to download.

As for size sensitive I think games should be less size sensitive as in compressing everything to an inch of its life and go more for look since hard drives and dvds allow a lot more stuff to be stored than cd's and old drives where 40 to 60 GB were considered large.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:56 PM   #12
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Still kind of sad. I still think it's best to at least be concious of those who might have modems. I know some people who can't get faster internet because of where they live (though they would have it if they could).
To add to this, I HATE when websites use flash pointlessly. To do things that HTML/Javascript would work for. Apparently they are TRYING to bloat their websites. This is why I love FlashBlock.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:15 PM   #13
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To add to this, I HATE when websites use flash pointlessly. To do things that HTML/Java would work for. Apparently they are TRYING to bloat their websites. This is why I love FlashBlock.
I hate that too, especially when it's used for navigation functions or large blocks of text. (I think you may have meant javascript though, not Java, since embedding Java applets can result in many of the same problems listed below) Aside from slowing down loading time and possibly slowing down the user's machine while the person remains on the page, it also means that:
- People with vision impairment can't change font size/color, and it can be harder for screen readers for the blind to interpret.
- If a user want's to ctrl-f search a block of text (or use various other shortcut keys), they can't.
- If a user has Flash turned off (there a number of reasons a person's browser might be set that way) the site can become unusable.
- It can make the site useless for mobile browsers.

Some sites offer no-Flash versions, but from a usability perspective that's still lacking-- not everyone even knows what Flash is, let alone if picking a Flash-free version of the website better suits their needs. Finally, (and this has nothing to do with the the technical aspects of Flash itself and everything to do with the designers themselves) a lot of Flash-heavy sites use it for just that - flash (with a lowercase f) - at the expense of ease-of-use, with over-artsy "too clever by half" interfaces that are actually less intuitive because they discard accepted navigation conventions. Don't even get me started on mystery meat navigation, where a user is presented with ambiguous uncaptioned images as navigation links that either have to be moused-over to discern their purpose via a tooltip, or worse yet, you have to follow every damn link to find out what it does.

A lot of people in art/design or art/design-related fields create all-Flash websites for themselves because they like having an easy way to more precisely exert control over the style of the presentation. These sites are often horribly designed, from a usability perspective.


Edit: By the way, anybody who hasn't seen the "Web Pages That Suck" site yet (and perhaps even some people who have) might want to check the site linked above for some examples of hillariously, terribly, just mind-blowingly godawful websites.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:57 PM   #14
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Yeah, I meant Javascript.
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:54 AM   #15
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- People with vision impairment can't change font size/color, and it can be harder for screen readers for the blind to interpret.
- If a user want's to ctrl-f search a block of text (or use various other shortcut keys), they can't.
- If a user has Flash turned off (there a number of reasons a person's browser might be set that way) the site can become unusable.
- It can make the site useless for mobile browsers.
I would add to this that it screws up my normal method of browsing, which is to open all of the links I'm interested in as tabs, which I then leave to load concurrently and later peruse at my leisure.

That all gets thrown out of the window with Flash, where the applet either lets me view just one part of the site at once (meaning I get to sit there while it loads), or opens the page where it wants to (same window, new maximized window, new non-maximized window, new foreground tab, new background tab) rather than where I want it to.

Entirely Flash-based sites need to die.
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:05 AM   #16
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Good point, I forgot to mention that one. Opening up a bunch of backround tabs is a constant practice of mine too.
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:19 AM   #17
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Good point, I forgot to mention that one. Opening up a bunch of backround tabs is a constant practice of mine too.
I also do this. I find it annoying when a site won't let me just because they have some kind of fancy method of navigation.
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:43 AM   #18
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Except the more tabs open, more memory Firefox is eating. I usually open 3 tabs maximum. Tabs seems to be less of a problem in Opera, though I haven't tested ver. 10 yet. I have a tendencie to avoid betas, unless the coder of the app want me to.
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:47 PM   #19
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Except the more tabs open, more memory Firefox is eating. I usually open 3 tabs maximum. Tabs seems to be less of a problem in Opera, though I haven't tested ver. 10 yet. I have a tendencie to avoid betas, unless the coder of the app want me to.
Try this tip:

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Reducing_m...usage_(Firefox)
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