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    Opinion / verdict on scrolling text on websites

    Hi,

    I am enquiring as to whether scrolling text is good or bad and whether it will attract more visitors to a website?
    As l am thinking of incorporating it into my website, if it is no good please could someone explain the reasons why this is.
    As l think it will bring more visitors to my site but would like a second opinion on this.

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    Re: Opinion / verdict on scrolling text on website

    Wow, this question should drudge up a bunch of opinions. I speak from a reader's viewpoint, not a webmaster, when I ask: doesn't it depend heavily on what the "purpose" of your web site is, whether the text scrolls horizontally or vertically, speed of the scroll, what type font is used and, maybe most importantly, what the text is about? Would you care to share a link with us so we can see what we're considering? (or is the site still in the "consideration" stages?)

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    Re: Opinion / verdict on scrolling text on website

    Not an easy one to answer!

    A lot will depend on what market your website is aimed at and what the rest of it looks like. It is probably frowned upon for 'serious' websites and might seem totally inappropriate if you are a funeral director, but there again may look exactly right for a vibrant and colourful 'fun' website.
    Don't forget some browsers may not support it if they don't have the correct plug-in or scripting permissions, so you may need to have an alternative available.

    Personally, I tend not to like it as I can read faster than the average scroll speed, but if text is speeded up, it becomes non readable. As Al suggests, post a link to it if feasible, but be prepared for a hatful of comments <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    (Scrolling text won't in itself bring more visitors - I think perhaps you mean 'return' visitors?)

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    Re: Opinion / verdict on scrolling text on website

    Hi Barry

    I would avoid scrolling text, I think in most cases it is an unnecessary distraction. My opinion is that scrolling text is only useful in a small number of situations where information it displays is constantly changing such as a NewsTicker or stock quotes.

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    Re: Opinion / verdict on scrolling text on website

    I agree with Tony, and if one is on a dial up (they are still in use) they may not display correctly.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Opinion / verdict on scrolling text on website

    It depends on what you mean by scrolling text, and whether the user can stop it.

    There is an HTML tag called <marquee> that will scroll a line of text from right to left across the page over and over, like the LED display outside an old-time theatre. Unlike an animated GIF, you can't stop it by pressing Esc. I find these to be annoying.

    There also are Java applets that will vertically scroll text. These can have more features, depending on how the applet was written and implemented by the web page author, but because Java is not used on that many pages, there is a noticeable delay in loading the applet which might cause the user to think (mistakenly) that your site offers poor performance. Using a Flash control can have the same issues.

    Some sites offer "frequently refreshed" content in a way that is not too intrusive. One example is the Headlines ticker that appears on the forums at dpreview. These depend on a JavaScript feature that sets a 5 second delay on the execution of the next command. If the user has not enabled scripting, or if particular functions used in the script are blocked, that area might remain blank.

    Does this help?

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    Re: Opinion / verdict on scrolling text on website

    The following link HTML Design Guide lists tags and which browser they are supported by. Marquee is used specifically by IE and if not used correctly can be a real turn off on web pages. The marquee is or is about to be deprecated and MS have a good flying text tutorial . Personally I would prefer that the web designer uses CSS to create marquee type styles on their web pages.

    If anyone is interested I will trawl through my notes and try and find a css tutorial on the subject.
    Jerry

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