Animation can add "Life" to your site
Animations, used with thought, can add interest to your pages and can also be useful in demonstarting a particular process.
There are 4 main ways of creating animation for web pages, animated GIF's. Layer animations, Flash animations and SVG.You must bear in mind though that animations tend to be large files and take time to download.
You must also consider that Flash and SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) animations require plugins that not all your potential visitors will have (although the next generation of web browsers will have native support for SVG), and that Layer animations will only be viewable on Level 4 browsers. Users with older browsers should not even be allowed access to those pages, as they will display with errors.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
This is a new web standard for web graphics and is set to revolutionize the appearance of web pages. Not only can be SVG graphics be animated, but you can also pan around them and zoom into them without any loss of image quality. Soon complete web pages will be SVG format, and this should lead web pages that can look much more like printed publications.
At present very few people will have the plugin that is required to view SVG graphics, but we have included a sample page of SVG and a link to download the SVG plugin for Netscape 4 and Internet Explorer 5. This is a large ( 2.4Mbyte) download, however.