I don’t like Flash – the end.

I went to Tazo.com to pick out some tea for the office here (that’s right, I love tea, and I long for a British accent) when I see this:

No thanks, I'd rather go someplace else...like WalMart.
No thanks, I'd rather just browse Amazon.

C’mon Tazo! I like your tea! I want to drink Tazo tea, and browse your selection for more…but I can’t because I have to go download Flash 7?! I have Flash 10; perhaps you should use updatable text there instead of an image.

To me, it’s just not worth the trade-off. With the awesome stuff you can do with JQuery, why use a plugin that requires visitors to go away, then download and install it, then come back?

If visitors see this kind of stuff on your site, you should seriously think about using another web technology. Plus, Flash is bulky; and it’s frustrating to make changes to your files (in my experience).

I can’t think of something that in 90% of websites I visit, couldn’t be done without Flash. I need quick access to information, and URLs I can bookmark. Flash doesn’t help me with either of these.

2 thoughts on “I don’t like Flash – the end.”

  1. I can see why you might be frustrated with flash. In many cases, it is not necessary on a web page.

    With that said, when doing heavy graphics or dynamic text with fonts etc, somethings cannot be done in javascript. Believe me, I’ve tried and locked up many browsers….

    Regarding your not being able to get into the site, that is NOT a flash problem, but rather poor flash detection on Tazo’s part. Heres a snippet of their params to the flash detection swf.

    It seems they must be having problem detecting your version 10, which shouldn’t happen if coded correctly. This is a really bad way to detect for flash and redirect etc… I highly suggest “SWFObject” for general flash embedding.

    Also, is there any chance you Googled Tazo and went to the first link ( http://www.tazo.com/noflash.html )? It take you directly to the NO FLASH page. Another reallyyyyy bad coding mistake. I feel really bad for Tazo that their first hit in google takes people to a dead page…

    Anyways, hopes this *might* help your impression of flash, even though I agree it might not be the best option for a site selling tea.

    One last comment, check this site out for buying tea:

    http://www.adagio.com/

    * And its not flash ๐Ÿ™‚ *

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