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Maybe splash screens have a purpose

I never thought I’d say this, but there is a place on this earth for web site splash screens and time wasting intro animations (now I’m feeling dirty). This comes after an interesting if slightly heated debate about the merits of splash screens over on the SitePoint Forums. I still can’t stand splash screens, but I can acknowledge that there are some web users who see the web primarily as an entertainment platform and have their surfing experience enhanced by a bit of glitzy animation along side their information. Thanks Bill Posters for helping me understand this bizzare side of the surfing demographic ;)

This is Maybe splash screens have a purpose by Simon Willison, posted on 14th July 2002.

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