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IE page transitions

Hey people.
I think IE page transitions is a bad idea, and I need to convince someone else who doesnt think my argument (they suck) has any merit.

I need scientific sounding arguments!

(Have googled, found nada)

Eric Debois
Thursday, April 29, 2004

I think they are kinda nice... I like 'em

Thursday, April 29, 2004

I'll vote for annoying....get one more 'thumbs down' vote and you can back up your claim with the stat that 66% of people polled dislike page transitions.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Well, two things:

1) Why do you think that they suck?  And, what is the task at which they suck?  That might be a good place to start.

2) You appear to be drawing a distinction between arguments that SOUND "scientific" and arguments which ARE "scientific". 

If what you're looking for are ways to use language as a rhetorical tool to get what you want irrespective of its actual merits, find a college which offers courses in political speechwriting. There are a LOT of rhetorical techniques that you can use to inflate weak ideas -- throwing up a fog of pseudo-scientific-sounding babble is just one.  You should have plenty of such techniques available in case your mark sees through the first one.

Eric Lippert
Thursday, April 29, 2004

Does it add any value to what you deliver? Is the customer, given his tasks and expections, benefitted in any way by it? Does it convey a positive image of the company? I would guess no, no and no, in that order.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

They look cheap, they convey an image of a dated product, comparable to the old and awful Powerpoint transitions. They make your product or service look gimmicky. For users with low spec machines, or a poor graphics card, they will slow the machine down amazingly, even in some instance leading the user to think that the page is "broken" as the transition happens too slowly. They may confuse or even worry novice users. They slow down the speed at which people can move between actual sections of information, which should, in the corporate sense, be the actual reason behind your website.
I could think of more reasons why they really suck,  but I don't think I need to.

Andrew Cherry
Thursday, April 29, 2004

Nice! Thanks. Having clarified my own feelings I came to the the conclusion that they are a typical noob thing to do which is why I dont like them. You often find them on the same pages where you find an abundance of crappy animated gifs.

Ok, Cheers!

Eric Debois
Thursday, April 29, 2004

Yeah I'll just add to the pile of complaints.

they look extremely cheap, they slow down the browsing experience and they get in the way of information. The design should assist the information, not the other way around. It will scare users away from the site...

I guess any web usability-guru would support these claims. That guy nielsen or jacobsen or whatshisname would probably, atleast.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Question:  Are the page transitions - the coding that enables them - supported by appropriate web (that is, W3C) standards?

We all know the answer - they are a Microsoft-only feature.  Forget it.  If people want those sort of of web page gee-gaws, let them use (shudder) powerpoint.

Ken Ray
Thursday, April 29, 2004

Well, transitions are not *quite* as rude as blinking text...

Thursday, April 29, 2004

The first time I saw one I thought

"WOW, how the heck did they do that?"

Then it got annoying. Fast.
Thursday, April 29, 2004

They remind me of Star Wars for some reason.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Might be nice on, say, the transition from a "cover" page of the site to the actual content, but otherwise I would avoid them.

Friday, April 30, 2004

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