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Flash vs. AJAX, JavaScript and all that jazz
January 5, 2007, 9:41 pm
Filed under: design, Flash, online

Geoff Stearns, author of the wildly popular SWFObject (what’s not to love?), has this to say about the sniping among Flash lovers and Flash haters:

Break things down to a component level and go from there. Use the right tool for each component. If you can do it well with HTML/JavaScript, go for it. If it would work out better with Flash, then why waste time recreating something with JavaScript that you could build 3 times faster with Flash?

Amen! And your next question should be: Do we have someone on staff who actually knows enough to make the best assessment for each case?

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If it would work out better with Flash, then why waste time recreating something with JavaScript that you could build 3 times faster with Flash?

Well put.

As anyone that works with me will attest, I’m not a fan of using Flash unless it’s the only appropriate tool for the job (and we’ve ruled out every other option). That being said, I don’t mind mixing technologies to accomplish goals — a healthy use of Flash media players (what Flash does best) paired with well-structured markup, styled with CSS and featuring unobtrusive JavaScript is actually easier (for me) than building the whole thing with any one of those items.

Using that method also allows tweaking of individual components as well as letting the users (and search engines) “see” the content even if they don’t have access to one or more of those technologies.

It’s all about redundancy.

I believe that last question will continue to plauge newsrooms until more folks with an understanding of Web standards infiltrate the ranks.

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