Flash Domain 2: Identifying Rich Media Design Elements


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FLASH cs6 - Domain 2 Overview

INTRODUCTION

The second domain focuses on design elements and maintaining consistency within a rich media project or between rich media projects that are displayed on the same website.

Objectives

  1. Identify general and Flash-specific best practices for designing rich media content for a website.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of design elements and principles.
  3. Identify general and Flash-specific techniques to create rich media elements that are accessible and readable.
  4. Use a storyboard to produce rich media elements.
  5. Organize a Flash document.

VOCABULARY


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Objective 2.1 Identify General and Flash-Specific Best Practices for Designing Rich Media Content for a Website

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Identify the Benefits of Consistency
A consistent design between pages of a website improves the usability and accessibility for the user.
Consistent navigation will also improve visitors’ experience and encourage them to explore your website.
Consistency in pages within a website will also make maintaining the site easier.


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Objective 2.2 Demonstrate Knowledge of Design Elements and Principles

Graphic design elements and principles:

Design Elements

Design Principles

You can achieve balance by applying symmetry or asymmetry.

graphic design

graphic design principles


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Objective 2.3 Identify General and Flash-Specific Techniques to Create Rich Media Elements that Are Accessible and Readable

  1. Readability can improve the visitor’s experience, as well as improve their comprehension and retention of the information.
  2. You can focus the grade level of the written text.
  3. Formatting options that need to be considered include font, line spacing, color, paragraph indents, and placement of text on the screen.
  4. When creating accessible content, consider allowing the user to perform the following:
    • Adjust the size of text or images.
    • Manipulate the content with the keyboard rather than the mouse.
    • Read text captions for audio components.
    • Use a screen reader to access the content.
    • Hear an audio track, thus removing the need for a screen reader.
  5. Practically all of the accessibility issues that affect HTML and content provided via Dreamweaver can also apply to rich media content created in Flash.
  6. Provide synchronized captions for any audio for individuals with hearing disabilities.
  7. Allow content to be paused and restarted from where it was paused by providing video playback controls.
  8. Limit flashing or blinking elements.
  9. Provide contrast between elements, and allow content to be scaled.
  10. Offer keyboard options to control or manipulate the content.
  11. Make sure screen reader software can access content.
  12. Allow music and audio to be turned off so that they do not interfere with a screen reader.
  13. Flash CS5 includes a set of accessible components to implement many accessibility practices, including:
    • SimpleButton
    • Checkbox
    • RadioButton
    • Label
    • TextInput
    • TextArea
    • Alert
    • Window
    • DataGrid
    • ListBox
    • ComboBox
  14. You can use the FLVPlaybackCaptioning component to add closed captioning options to your Flash videos.


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Objective 2.4 Use a Storyboard to Produce Rich Media Elements


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Objective 2.5 Organize a Flash Document


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Domain 2 QUIZ

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