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Chapter 1. Why Flash? > Design Capabilities

Design Capabilities

When the Web was first gaining popularity, layout and design were minor concerns. Most pages had colored backgrounds, a few centered graphics, and some text—not very engaging visually but effective (to some degree) nonetheless. Then came the introduction of frames and tables into browsers, and Web page creation became an art. Suddenly complex pages were the standard—and one that wasn't necessarily easy to live up to since methodology was tricky and browsers remained limited in their graphics presentation.

Designers learned that by chopping, slicing, and precisely positioning graphics, they could emulate the beauty of the printed page—a popular though limited approach to Web page design. Certain key elements—such as exact positioning and the use of layers to stack page elements on top of one another—were still missing.


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