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    CSS vs Flash

    Hiya!

    This is probably a stupid question, but am I better off learning how to use CSS properly, or can I get away with using flash?

    I had a go with some CSS tutorials, reworked my index page, and was pleased with myself, but it wouldn't validate, and I don't understand why.

    My brother suggested that I save my title banner as a flash file, my navigation as another flash file, and then each page's main content as individual flash files, and then have a html doc for each page, which just links to the title & nav files, and whichever main page info I need.

    That sounds very neat, & easy to keep the html clean, but are there drawbacks? Will it take much longer to load than just using html & css? Will it validate?

    I think that whatever I try to do will be an improvement on my hashed together illegal html table-based current website, but I really want to get it right.

    Should I persevere with CSS?

    Love, Jen


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    Yes, persevere with css, not everyone has flash, some find it annoying and do not use it, while everyone has css whether they know it or not. Definantely use css over flash, well in at least my own opinion.

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    OK - thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by jensroom
    That sounds very neat, & easy to keep the html clean, but are there drawbacks?
    Yes. For one thing, not everyone has the Flash plugin installed, including search engines.

    Quote Originally Posted by jensroom
    Will it take much longer to load than just using html & css?
    Usually, yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by jensroom
    Will it validate?
    Yes, if you don't use the <embed> element.

    Quote Originally Posted by jensroom
    Should I persevere with CSS?
    Yes!

    Take a look at these:
    Adding a touch of style
    Learning CSS
    CSS2 Specification
    www.glish.com/css/
    www.w3schools.com/css/default.asp
    www.thenoodleincident.com/tutorials/css/

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    OK, thanks! & Thank you for all the links!

    Love, Jen

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