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


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