Re: web animation
One useful trick is that you can capture and save a single frame of an
animation with practically no effort. You could display a static image, and
let the user know that clicking on it starts an animation.
That would be my preference. All the animations I recall as being useful to me (and I've seen some excellent demos and examples that used animation) had some way for me to turn it on when I wanted to, but leave it static if I didn't want it animated at that time.
But animations for the sake of showing off or looking "cool" or non-boring -- no thank you. Possible exceptions are entertainment sites.
It's not just a matter of file size, since some animation can have quite small file sizes; it's the distraction and irritation factor. Designers must consider whether animation is likely to drive away more potential customers/clients/employers that it attracts, whether or not the animation serves a useful purpose. By making animations optional for the visitor, you can provide for both groups.
Jean Hollis Weber
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Re: web animation: From: SteveFJong
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