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<added>Not sure what the font is, but 'cyber-retro' bit-mapped-looking text is certainly becoming a popular look, even for non-Flash sites.
If you have PhotoShop, you can turn off anti-aliasing in the text controls, and experiment to see which fonts you have will look good in a small bit-mapped size... then switch the text image to indexed color, and enlarge the size to wherever you want. Indexed color mode will prevent photoshop from trying to "re-anti-alias" the non-anti-aliased text, preserving the bit-mapped feel.</added>
Not only do engines have a hard time with it, but most flash is tuff to read and J. Neilson does not have any good things to say about flash. :)
Many usability issues, resources could be better used to improve what the site is about, navigation issues, users have no time to view flash and are impatient, and many more issues with flash.
What?? how is it a problem with flash?? You can have exactly the same font on a normal HTML site!
>J. Neilson does not have any good things to say about flash. :)
OK first thing JN did have good things to say about flash he just think most flash sites are inappropiate
Secondly Who cares what JN says? at the end of the day he is only one man with his own opinion
Font sizes all seem to be font size 1. This is very small and on a black background is hard on the eyes.
I even use a 800x600 resolution. Many use higher yet. 1 is too small.
I viewed your site and while you ARE are very good designer and your flash looks real good, it did take me about 15 seconds to load on a dsl line. Many people would not wait for this. They want to find the info fast on a site.
People are in a hurry on the net and love to click on things.
Also, the front page of any site is the most important to search engines. It is extra hard to get a site ranked with a flash front page. You have to have a lead-in page or you have to have a couple of paragraphs of content below the flash display.
There are issues involved with flash. Most are of the usability type.
My first reaction to flash, when I come across it, has always been to click out fast.(impatient) This is just me and my reactions to it. Others react differently and others react the same.
Sure that guy has some good things to say but he does'nt have the last word on what we can and can't do.
Most of what he says is common sense anyway.
There was actually an article 'Computer Arts' a magazine in the UK which had a agroup of top designers critically evaluating JN's site ;)