Whether because they slow down the loading of the site, get in the way of what the visitor is looking for, or are often ignored as a type of ad banner, many websites would benefit from moving away from these legacy page elements to implement better and more user-friendly alternatives.
Website visitors can and do scroll the page to find what they're looking for. That doesn't make this scrolling action a good user interface design solution.
Using modules in front end web programming to allow more flexibility and more independence from site layouts for content elements.
The latest article at A List Apart is a must-read for anyone serious about developing and running a website which should attract visitors who speak languages other than English.