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    Is anyone else getting sick if this trend?
    It was cool when it first appeared, but the more I see of these sites the more inconvenient and irritating I find them. And there seem to be so many of them now.

    I can see using one as a stopgap, temp site while developing a properly coded site with actual pages (I've done it myself in the past), but why use them for a full site?

    It seems to me that if your content is worth reading, it's worth an actual page.

    Just wondering... does anyone else have any opinions (pro or con) on this?
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    I said the exact same thing the second time I saw it (I did think it was cool the first time). It just looks like a gimmick to mask lack of real content, originality, and thought.

    I can see a use for loading additional content without a full page load...that makes sense. I don't, however, get this "I need to have things slide and slide and slide again" and create some bloated single page full of not much of anything.
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    I barely have seen parallax around. I never liked it too much, just because it made me a bit naseous. And it was a gimmick - it was just a novel thing that people say "cool" and then forget about. I can see some creative agencies making use of it for a site here and there, but I don't see regular web designers using it. A problem with parallax is that in Chrome, whem I use my wheel to scroll, I scroll immediately, not smoothly, so parallax effects usually look awful. I have no desire to learn parallax at the moment. Flat design is probably the trend I'm going to explore next.

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    It gets worst...now you can use parallax scrolling with responsive design: Cool Kitten

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    The worst part is "parallax scrolling" isn't parallax. It's simulated perspective. Impossible to simulate parallax with a single screen. You need goggles to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoseley, post: 251373, member: 824
    ... Impossible to simulate parallax with a single screen. You need goggles to do that.
    YAY! I thought I was the only one who thought this was the wrong appellation for this effect!! (MY highlighting)

    Source - Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
    Definition of PARALLAX

    : the apparent displacement or the difference in apparent direction of an object as seen from two different points not on a straight line with the object; especially : the angular difference in direction of a celestial body as measured from two points on the earth's orbit.
    PARALLAX for Kidsthe apparent shift in position of an object as seen from two different points not on a straight line with the object
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