Wow, actually I thought the 2003 Double Helix Celebrations site would be a “good dog.”

After all, a historical look at the 50th anniversary of Watson and Crick’s discovery of the DNA double helix structure, should be a gold mine.

And the site does provide some good references, and a copy of the April 25, 2953 paper by Watson and Cirick published in Nature. And there is a “interactive” genetics timeline, could be of use somewhere.

But this cleanly appearing site, good color scheme amd element placement, to me, falls down on its Flash delivery. View image

I just about spit every time I load a page in the site, where I have to watch the same elements slide in, fade in and out. As I sometimes mutter in presentations, some people animate everything in Flash for the same reason dogs can lick themselves.

And the text of the site, although appearing as selectable text in a scrolling window (well you can highlight it with your mouse), is not copy/paste enabled for transferring a chunk elsewhere. Okay, this may “protect” the content from wholesale copy/paste, but it makes it darn frustrating to select a portion to do womthing like write a annotation (or blog) a chunk for a web site.

And the DNA related Art is one item.

So, have a great birthday, Mr Double Helix, but save us from Flash bottled content.

And stop that unnecessary animation.

The post "Happy 50th, DNA" was originally emerged from the primordial ooze and first walked on land at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2003/06/happy-50th/) on June 1, 2003.

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