> But I’d like to read on these pages something about Flash MX and
> the future of web design. Macromedia think it’s Flash-based, and
Gosh, the PRESENT of web design is Flash-based. It’s also HTML-based. And XHTML-based. And XML-based. And CSS-based. And DOM-based. And CMS-based. It’s a lot of things, and they all meet different needs.
It’s understandable that Macromedia would take a “Flash everywhere” position. If your company made Flash, you might make similar statements. If XML was a corporate product instead of an open and emerging standard, the corporate owners of XML™ might issue equally broad proclamations.
Flash is an amazing tool, Flash MX is better than its predecessors, and the badly needed accessibility enhancements discussed in this week’s articles make it better still. But powerful as it is, and integrated as it is with Cold Fusion, XML, and so on, it’s still just one tool among many.
The future, I expect, will offer designers and developers even more technologies to choose from, and they’ll pick the ones that best serve their project and audience.