Pet Hates Aug 17, 2005 22:10:55 GMT
Post by Dave on Aug 17, 2005 22:10:55 GMT
I was'nt able to copy the script from the flash application . Emmett
Reading Emmett's grumble today about not being able to copy text when it's displayed in Flash reminded me of the thing I probably hate most about the Internet - Websites (or E-cards!) that use badly designed Macromedia Flash displays for completely unsuitable purposes - such as displaying large amounts of text.
Rather than take the Odyssey thread Off Topic, I thought I'd start a "Pet Hates" thread - so to start the ball rolling, here's my Pet Hate - my RANT! i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif Has anyone else got any pet hates they wish to share with us (rational or irrational) that completely wind them up - like Flash does to me?
I HATE reading long text reports in Flash. The E-card Bio of Hayley (Odyssey - The Album) is a good example of why.
There are 16 paragraphs of text, all in a TINY font size and with never more than two paragraphs visible at a time. Yet it could ALL be fitted on one screen, at that font size.
You cannot enlarge the text or highlight it to make it easier to read (as you can on normal web pages).
You cannot copy the text into to another application to make it easier to read.
You cannot save it for later reference or to share (as Emmett wanted to).
Only a TINY one twelfth of the screen area is used to display it (at the commonest 1024x768 resolution) - what a waste!
You are forced to keep clicking tiny scroll arrows to read all the text and MUST use the mouse, which is sometimes highly inconvenient.
In fact, the use of Flash to display text as it's done in Hayley's E-card is the worst possible way that's ever been invented. Goodness only knows why Flash is used for this purpose as the most likely result is of many (especially older) people completely skipping it - it will simply never be read in full by a large proportion of people - including me.
The only sensible way to display long text messages/reports in Flash is to ALWAYS provide an embedded link to an alternative (standard html web-page) way of reading the text. When WILL these people ever learn?
Flash is good for overall effect, making a webpage look "pretty" in pictures and audio/video... but it is completely unsuitable for displaying large amounts of text. Shame on Hayley's E-card designers - and on Decca for accepting it.
Grrr!!! Rant Over. Any more 'Pet Hates'?