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Chapter 16. File Size Optimization > What Should Be Kept to a Minimum and Why

What Should Be Kept to a Minimum and Why

Design your document with your target audience in mind. While it may seem cool to you to have a one-minute-long introductory animation of how great you are, ask yourself how many times you've searched high and low for that Skip Intro button when viewing a Flash site on the Web. Does this introduction really serve a purpose? Does it contain crucial information for the end user? If it doesn't, you may want to think twice about including it.

Another thing to ask yourself is how important is that soundtrack that loops over and over and over again in the background of your site? Is it truly adding any value to your content? Remember, sound files can add a tremendous amount of bulk to your published file. There's nothing wrong with using sound because it does heighten the user's experience, but too much sound can become annoying and possibly turn a potential client away. In other words, use sound sparingly.


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