Re: New toy (for virtual equipment manipulation)

Subject: Re: New toy (for virtual equipment manipulation)
From: Dave Chisma & Gail Hodgson <chisma -at- C031 -dot- AONE -dot- NET -dot- AU>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 21:16:12 +1000

Marilynne Smith wrote:
>
> I have very limited interest in animated web sites. Continuous animation
> detracts from my reading and reading is what I do in the long run.
>
> Marilynne

I certainly can't disagree with you. Web pages that clog up the system
with too much crap, such as annoying banners, animations, frames, and so
on, can be a pain.

On the other hand, one of the things Technical Communicators seem to be
good at is using communications technology in a helpful, appropriate
manner.

From a communications point of view, some ideas are easier to explain
with an animation, and others can benefit from having a vector-zoom
capability. Vector drawings such as CorelDraw files (even WMF files) can
be copied into a Shockwave 'animation' so the reader can magnify the
image with almost no loss of image quality. (The Shockwave 'animation'
doesn't actually need to move: it can be a static page.)

Cheers, Dave Chisma
chisma -at- c031 -dot- aone -dot- net -dot- au

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