In a follow-up post to ‘Embedding Flash graphics into church websites’, Dan Mall comments on why Flash is given such a bad rap by many web designers, but mainly those who rate standards and accessibility highly. He notes that the Flash debate has become seriously polarised, and suggests that this need not be the case;

Although the brilliant option of the hybrid (part Flash, part HTML) site had always existed, it’s never really made it far past the typical Flash intro on a corporate homepage. Throughout the history of Flash on the web, the technology has always been intended to be embedded within HTML. Yet it has often seemed a foreign concept to use the two technologies to complement one another.

We now see many examples of church websites which incorporate flash (swf) graphics to give an increased impact visual experience. Each web designer will need to decide whether incorporating flash will be right for their church site.