Enter moo.fx, a minimal take on this need for visual effects. If you just need to add a couple such features to a page, you can use moo.fx and a “prototype lite” library (supplied) to create some of the simple effects, needing only a tenth of the code. That allows us to take a site with certain Flash elements which offer nice, subtle fading effects, and now recreate those effects without any Flash at all!
It’s not perfect, but this is the first time we’ve been able to add content to a site that matches the interactivity of our Flash, without using any Flash at all. And that’s pretty neat.