Re: Web animation technology question

Subject: Re: Web animation technology question
From: Joel Konkle-Parker <joel -dot- j -dot- konkle-parker -at- nasa -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 08:21:14 -0400


I see four possible options:

1. Animated GIFs
2. Flash
3. SVG
4. Java

1 would definitely be the most cross-platform. Every browser handles them by default, and no plugins are needed. There are libraries that can generate them on the fly from database entries (a PHP script or something similar). You won't get interactivity, but you will get a moving picture.

2 is probably your second option. I haven't done much with Flash, but I can't imagine that what you need wouldn't be possible. I'm not so sure that Flash ships by default, though.I just reinstalled my Dell Inspiron's Windows XP Home OS, and Flash didn't work without a download in IE. I'm pretty sure that you can embed Flash without having a plugin box pop up, it's just a matter of leaving out that tag in the <embed> section.

3 Would be very flexible (and arguably the way of the future), but nobody ships with SVG plugins.

4 would be overkill, I would say. And Windows XP doesn't ship with a Java VM by default.

Hope this helps.

--
Joel Konkle-Parker


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

SEE THE ALL NEW ROBOHELP X5 IN ACTION: RoboHelp X5 is a giant leap forward
in Help authoring technology, featuring Word 2003 support, Content Management, Multi-Author support, PDF and XML support and much more! http://www.macromedia.com/go/techwrldemo
COMPONENTONE DOC-TO-HELP 7 PROFESSIONAL: From a single set of Word documents, create online Help and printed documentation. New version offers yearly subscription service, Natural Search, Modular TOC Utility, Image Map Editor, Theme Designer, Context String Editor, plus more. http://www.componentone.com/doctohelp .

---
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as:
archiver -at- techwr-l -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.



References:
Web animation technology question: From: Dick Margulis

Previous by Author: Formats for cross-platform documentation?
Next by Author: Re: Formats for cross-platform documentation?
Previous by Thread: Web animation technology question
Next by Thread: Re: Web animation technology question


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads