I’ve had it. I’m done with Flash and Silverlight and any other bogus “Rich Internet Application” technology used to deliver what should be normal websites on the WWW. Now, internal websites/applications are something entirely different.
But relying on Flash to deliver information guarantees an absolutely abysmal user experience. Designers, I know you’re a clever artsy bunch, but most of the time these types of sites leave users guessing on what to do and where to click. Websites aren’t meant to be a guessing game. But in Flash sites, I’m relegated to wave the mouse around to see what I’m supposed to click. It’s a fun game, maybe there are some Easter eggs hidden in there. Is that little box the Menu page? Oh yes, because the box unfolded and a flower popped out.
I remember the days when Flash sites had a “low bandwidth” option. For me it was the “you just want to get to the information and not see a dancing clown” option. I can’t copy text. I can’t bookmark pages. Back/forward doesn’t work. I enter a new land, where the last 10 years of using the HTML paradigm do not work, and it’s now up to the whim of the designer to invent a new paradigm, hopefully incorporating some lame Smash Mouth song.
Please, designers, leave Flash to where it belongs – ads, games and streamed content. If you’re a restaurant, I don’t care about entering your site through a Flash facade of your physical location. I don’t want to click a door to enter. I just want to see the menu. I just want to place a to-go order. I just want to find your closest location. Not solve some Myst-type labyrinth of insanity. My favorite Firefox plugin – Flashblock – lets me boycott Flash. I’ll decide when I want that garbage to show up, thank you very much.