Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 of type Panel about Interactive and Flash

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Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • Flash: F Bomb or Da Bomb?

    by David Greene, Kristine Schachinger, Aubrey Gross and Phillip Gross

    Flash. For some, it’s Da Bomb—the Holy Grail of interactive web design. For others, it’s the F Bomb—the virtual thorn in their web experience. Flash has been, for years, a tool programmers have gone to in order to create a more interactive online experience. However, those who are blind/visually impaired and SEO experts have long railed against Flash’s usability issues. Screen readers can’t read it, and neither can Google when Flash is improperly programmed. Join our panelists for a lively discussion on Flash—from the frustrations encountered by the blind to the developer’s belief that it’s THE tool to have in their arsenal. Phillip Gross, a blind, life-long technology geek; Kristine Schachinger, SEO and accessibility expert and owner of SitesWithoutWalls.com; and David Greene, owner of Creative Spark and long-time programmer, will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of using Flash. Anyone who interacts with Flash should attend this debate on how to use and how not to use Flash.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Room 10AB, Austin Convention Center

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