Flash Vs. CSS/HTML: Which Will You Choose?: I hate Flash. What I hate even more is when someone presents a well-reasoned argument for why it beats HTML.
“Remember my original statement, ‘HTML and CSS will never be able to do what Flash does’? While this is true, it’s quite possible that in the future, Flash will be able to achieve what HTML and CSS do. The short comings of Flash as outlined above may not be present in the near future. It’s conceivable that Flash will be able to separate content from design, and serve up pure content to the search engines and text readers; after all, Macromedia is working on these problems right now.”
One of the biggest issues I have with Flash is that it gives designers too much freedom. HTML imposes conventions on Web pages (click on a link, new page loads; click and drag over text, it gets selected). Sure, these conventions impart some limitations, but with those limitations comes uniformity, and with that comes usability.
Flash enables desginers to disregard these conventions, and usability drops through the floor. I know how an HTML page is going to react to various actions, I have no idea what a Flash movie is going to do.
If there were a set of guidelines for Flash development that all Flash developers would follow, so that Flash sites followed the conventions and functionality of HTML sites, then I’d be all for it…I guess.