Are you as frustrated as I am about Web sites relying on Flash?
I need to share a little rant here.
Until recently, I never realized how many Web sites are built around Flash. I’m not talking about sites that include Flash animations here and there. I’m talking about sites completely contained in a Flash animation.
Like this monstrosity: http://www.stingraysushi.com/
Stingray Sushi is a restaurant. Its site includes a menu, which can only be viewed in that Flash animation.
Now I don’t know about you, but sometimes I look for a restaurant when I’m on the go. I’ll whip out my iPhone or iPad, open the Maps app, and search for restaurant. Or I’ll use the Safari browser to Google a specific restaurant. Either way, my goal is to see the Home page for the restaurant so I can learn more about it and the food it serves before I drive/walk over. To do that, I need to be able to see the Home page or, at least, a menu.
Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), I’ll never be able to see the Home page for Stingray Sushi on my iPhone or iPad.
Now you might want to blame Apple for this. After all, it’s Apple that decided that it won’t support Flash.
But I blame the Web developer. Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad, have been available for nearly four years. Apple is currently the fourth largest seller of mobile phones, with millions of iPhones out in the wild. Apple is also the top seller of tablet computers, with millions of iPads out in the wild. Developers who continue to base entire sites on Flash are basically thumbing their noses at iPhone/iPad users, telling them that they simply aren’t important enough to view the oh-so-valuable Flash content on their Web sites.
I have two words for these developers, and they’re not “thank you.”
So when I reach a site I can’t view on my device — whatever that device is — do you think I’ll visit that business?
Do you think that I’m interested in rewarding a business for the frustration their Flash-based site has generated by actually buying something there?
There are alternatives to Flash. Many alternatives. HTML 5 is one of them. But apparently, Web developers would rather lean on a crutch like Flash than move forward with new, more compatible technology.
Why does this continue to be an issue?
Just say no to Flash.