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Re: Speed on Animated Gifs

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 12:12:24 +0200
Message-ID: <3EC21688.30200@sidar.org>
To: James Little <james.little@onetel.co.uk>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

For your question about flashing in the bottom: If there isn't an 
obvious way to stop it I would say it is a problem. If the site relies 
on seeing the flash (and therefore the distracting flashing - assuming 
for the moment it isn't in the "dangerous" range) then it is a major 
problem for people who have problems with distraction.

I am not the flash expert - people who do serious work on making flash 
accessible like NCAM - http://www.ncam.org - or ComposMentis - 
http://www.composmentis.com - or of course Macromedia themselves,  are a 
better bet to find out how to stop the animation. Presumably you can put 
a big "stand still!!" button into the flash application using flash, if 
there is no reliable system control. I happen to be next door to a large 
number of SvG tool developers for the next couple of days - I'll check 
whether they offer "stop animations". It is also possible to write an 
XSLT stylesheet to provide a stop-animations control...


Charles McCN

James Little wrote:

>Thanks for the reply Charles - I'd never heard of SVG, had a quick look and
>it's seems very interesting - will be sure to check it out in some more
>Are there any 'rules' with Flash as to how fast you can make it?  Do you
>have to be able to "pause" the flash (that doesn't seem to be a default
>setting - I don't do the flash on the site I work for, however I can't see a
>"pause" setting when I rigth click on the live Flash files) ?
>As an example, there is some Flash on a site that I go to that displays some
>text that says something like :
>"Check out this new range" and 2 seconds later it will say "of dvds, cds and
>videos" - that seems like a long time, however at the bottom corner of this
>flash there is an icon constantly flashing (It's a box, with a label on the
>front, the box changes to the same box, but with a different color label,
>there are 4 of these).
>Would the constant flashing at the bottom mean the site is inaccessible?  Or
>is this OK if the user is able to stop the flash?
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