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Showing WWW Pages of the Past

As I've said many time on these pages, I'm amazed at how fast WWW page design has evolved, thus I've been compiling been working on presenting some of the WWW pages of the past. I've layed the page out in a linear fashion which each of the pages displayed in the page [History of CNDS page]. Thus I've decided to try and display them in a single movie, which should make it easier for the user to navigate between the screens. Here's an example of the movie I've produced.

It is quite simple really, as it really just consists of a movie (which I've named mov1), a text box (which I've named Text), and a Next button on which I've added the following code:

on (release) {
pics_value1++;
if (pics_value1>4) {
pics_value1 = 1;
}

mov1._visible=false;
mov1._xscale=100;
mov1._yscale=100;


if (pics_value1==1)
{

loadMovie ("www_pages_cnds_aug2001.swf", "mov1");
mov1._visible=true;
text="August 2001. A bit garish now, but it seemed to look okay at the time";

}
else if (pics_value1==2)
{
loadMovie ("www_pages_cnds_sept2001.swf", "mov1");
text="September 2001. I tried a little animation, which worked for the first few times, but the user would soon get bored with it.";
mov1._visible=true;
}
else if (pics_value1==3)
{
loadMovie ("www_pages_cnds_nov2001.swf", "mov1");
text="November 2001. There seemed to be a trend away from Flash movies on the Home pages, so I modified it to give a clearer design.";
}
else if (pics_value1==4)
{

loadMovie ("www_pages_cnds_dec2001.swf", "mov1");
text="December 2001. The page was then refined again to support more focal point graphics.";
}


}

The pictures of the WWW pages have been converted to a SWF file using Macromedia Fireworks.