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Chapter 1. Conceptualizing Your Site > Evaluating multimedia element choices

Evaluating multimedia element choices

Multimedia is a broad term that includes video, sound, animations, and other presentations. Multimedia is not a series of HTML pages that are navigated in a linear fashion. Although the effect is similar to a presentation, it's not considered multimedia unless it's actually a self‐contained piece embedded in a Web page.

Multimedia elements can be dynamic, depending on what type of multimedia you use. For instance, Flash can communicate with databases and serve dynamic content — so it's dynamic multimedia. Flash can also collect information from your visitors by using forms, and can then deliver the information to your server. When you use Flash in this way, the Flash element is said to be the front end. You can use Flash to create a form (shown in Figure 1-3 ) that passes information to a database.


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