There’s a buzz spreading through the web design community like a virus. It’s called sIFR (Scalable Inman Flash Replacement). What is sIFR? Essentially, it’s a technology that replaces short passages of plain browser text with text rendered in the typeface of your choice, regardless of whether or not your users have that font installed on their systems.
1. A normal (X)HTML page is loaded into the browser.
4. Once measured, the script creates Flash movies of the same dimensions and overlays them on top of the original elements, pumping the original browser text in as a Flash variable.
5. Actionscript inside of each Flash file then draws that text in your chosen typeface at a 6 point size and scales it up until it fits snugly inside the Flash movie.
It sounds a little too good to be true, yet it’s the breakthrough all designers and creative have been waiting for as it makes the display of vibrant text possible even in cases where you have no idea what the end users system capabilities are. The best part is text remains parsible the sIFR developers explain….
sIFR snaps right in and lifts right out. This is an important point. Making the decision to use sIFR is often just a question of adding a .js include to your site, uploading a .swf and some .css files to your server, tuning your fonts, and that’s it. It generally doesn’t require any wholesale code or design changes, and should you decide at some point in the future that you don’t want to use it, simply remove the .js file and you’re back to browser text.
Needless to say sIFR is pretty incredible. You can read more about this new technology from the developers site at http://mikeindustries.com