Splash screen

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A splash screen in Inkscape with the logo and version information

A splash screen is a graphical control element consisting of window containing an image, a logo and the current version of the software. A splash screen usually appears while a game or program is launching. The term may also be used to describe an introduction page on a website (in which case it's often referred to as a "splash page"[1][2]). Splash screens cover the entire screen or web page, or simply a rectangle near the center of the screen or page. The splash screens of operating systems and some applications that expect to be run full-screen usually cover the entire screen.

Purpose[edit]

Splash screens are typically used by particularly large applications to notify the user that the program is in the process of loading. They provide feedback that a lengthy process is underway. Occasionally, a progress bar within the splash screen indicates the loading progress. A splash screen disappears when the application's main window appears.

Splash screens typically serve to enhance the look and feel of an application or web site, hence they are often visually appealing. They may also have animations, graphics, and sound.

The Java programming language has a specific class for creating splash screens, called java.awt.SplashScreen[3] that handles standard splash screen functions, e.g. display an image centered on screen then disappears when the first program window opens.

On the Web, a splash screen or splash page is a page of a web site that acts as a front page prior to displaying the home page. Designers may use splash pages:

  • to direct users to the appropriate website for their country or language preference
  • to direct users to a low-bandwidth site or one more accessible to disabled users
  • as an additional form of advertising
  • to restrict access to content such as pornography, alcohol advertising or sales, or gambling
  • as an aesthetic complement to the main page
  • To grab someone's attention to take them to a page with more details usually for a product that they are selling.

An early use of the splash screen on a Flash Website was to enable the site developer to launch the site in a JavaScript-controlled new window without browser elements such as scroll-bars or an address bar, and in the exact size of the Flash movie. This has gone out of style with the predominance of pop-up blockers. Instead many starting Flash web pages now allow their audience to choose to go to full screen viewing.[citation needed]

Since splash screens often increase the wait for the desired content and may take a long time to load, they are not liked by all users. Web splash screens are especially inconvenient for users with slow internet connections as the first page may take longer to load. Moreover, if the user has turned off rich content, such as images, Flash, or Shockwave, the splash page may not load at all. Splash pages and any associated main pages created in Flash often cannot be accessed by search engines or handled by text readers for the blind.[4]

Splash screens can also be created in HTML and CSS if they are designed for a purpose other than as a loading screen. Instead, they are used for other purposes such as giving the option to pick the language.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kyrnin, Jennifer. "Splash Pages: Pros and Cons (What is a Splash Page and Should You Use One?)". About.com. 
  2. ^ Lennartz, Sven (October 11, 2007). "Splash Pages: Do We Really Need Them?". Smashing Magazine. 
  3. ^ java.awt.SplashScreen Java Platform Standard Ed. 6
  4. ^ [1] Flash Accessibility Issues

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