The user interface of websites is in a constant state of flux, from the age of Flash to the modern age of responsive web design. And the new generation of responsive web designers is integrating all of these features into their websites and transforming them into beautiful, attractive, functional websites.
These websites are sometimes branded as “flash sites” and they have become a source of inspiration for most website designers. But there is no arguing that Flash is the default browser choice for both children and adults. Of course, you can also use IE and Netscape but these browsers have become less popular over the years.
Flash is a very flexible tool for website designers but in this age of responsive websites, this has become one of the biggest disadvantages. When users hit a few buttons on a web page, they expect to be able to drag and drop the items within the window. If the size of the Flash window is too big, users may not be able to see the content of the page.
Even though the flash on the web page is attractive, it tends to fade away when the page is scrolling. Achieving a responsive website design requires perfect synchronization between the HTML code and the other visual elements of the web page. The appearance of the content, the style of the navigation and the aesthetics of the site all need to be synchronized with the dimensions of the window and the screen resolution. Although flash is lightweight, the problem becomes more pronounced when the width of the window is greater than the screen size.
Flash does not operate on the scale of screen resolution and often the browser window is much bigger than the dimensions of the actual screen. In addition, the graphics and animations tend to run on the web page at a high rate and, in a responsive web design, this may result in a very slow loading speed.
Achieving a responsive web design involves the combination of components from several media formats. To create a website, professional designers work with many different layers of media and embed various interactive elements on top of these media layers. The different media layers included in the responsive web design process include images, animations, video, text, and even sound.
Images provide a great deal of interactivity and they are therefore a major feature of the responsive web design process. The images embedded in the page are a way of providing an element of visual diversity while using Flash or other such programs to increase the overall content density of the site. However, image resize is limited by the screen resolution and, therefore, there is a limit to the number of images that can be embedded into a webpage.
The main limitation of images is the storage capacity of the browser. Unless the user resizes the window to a large size, the stored images are stretched and cannot be displayed at their full capacity. The most commonly used images include videos, texts, images, audio, and HTML elements.
Animation provides another effective method of designing responsive websites. The interactivity that is added by the animation layer is enhanced by the motion of the animated element within the page. Animation is another important feature of a responsive website. In the early days of the Flash technology, Flash only supported only static image animations.
Today, all the websites that are creating a lot of buzz are making use of a combination of media that combines interactivity, graphics, and animation into a single layer. With the importance of software and online applications on the web, there is a growing demand for websites that offer various features and interactivity to keep people entertained and interested in the contents of the site. These responsive websites keep the user’s attention by allowing him or her to interact with the page, whatever the material that is displayed.