IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS of the web,
bad design was better than no design.
could consider themselves sophisticated
if they knew how to implement tables in
web page layout. CGI was
not for the faint of heart, but
that was O.K., because who really needed that kind
Well, it's 1996, and the heady days of
home-grown home pages are over. You can't just
have images and text. You have to have
video, audio, and animation. Plugins are
proliferating faster than any individual
can expect to download and use them. The rate
of change in interactivity and
programming spins your head faster than you can
say '$800 for the developer's package.'
Exaggeration aside, it's getting
harder and harder to keep up with the Joneses
On the positive side, there are tools out
there for those with no interest in hocking
their family heirlooms in order to develop
interesting content for the web. One of the often
overlooked options is gif89a animations.
Gif89a is an image format that allows
blocks of separate images to be included in a
single image file.
How do I make a