Note: The animated examples on this page only work if you have Netscape Navigator 3.0 and above or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, both of which, by the way, are free for downloading.
The first three examples below are fairly standard examples of how replacing one static image by another can create special effects, like menu buttons that light up, press down, or pop up. The following three are examples of how one can hide an animated GIF beneath a static gif for even more startling effects. Within these two models, only your imagination limits what you might do.
Shadowed letter that presses down
Button that pops up and lights up
Shadowed letter that presses down and fidgets
Letter that dissolves, then displays a message
Note: Since the animation does not loop, and hence stops after the first display, you have to reload the page in your browser to see it a second time; and some feature in Navigator 3.0's scrolling apparatus makes the underlying unlooped animation run and exhaust itself if it isn't loaded in the immediately visible area of one's screen or one scrolls over it before clicking the letter. Alas! when Netscape designed 3.0, it wasn't thinking of anyone trying to use such an effect.
Modest button that turns into a pulsating alert
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