September 15, 2004
Flash in the Headlines

Mike Davidson has created quite a stir in the blog community with the release of sIFR (or long: Scalable Inman Flash Replacement) especially among designers that want to have more options than Arial, Verdana or Georgia in their HTML websites. To make it short: sIFR uses SWF files to dynamically display texts - especially headlines - with embedded fonts. This alone of course would not make news as it has been done before - the interesting part about it is that it replaces the original headline via CSS in such a way that it fits itself in exactly the same space and tries to create an optimum layouted text. See an example here. On browsers that do not support Flash users can still see the original HTML headline.

The latest version is sIFR v2.0b.

Posted at September 15, 2004 11:26 AM | Further reading
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that´s really a nice idea.
i know that this has nothing to do with flash but microsoft has a "web embbeding font tool" (W.E.F.T) for solving the mentioned problem. the first release of this FREE software was years ago... now there´s version 3 available @ http://www.microsoft.com/typography/web/embedding/weft3/default.htm

Posted by: Erik Lembke on September 15, 2004 03:20 PM

Erik,

I looked extensively at WEFT and here are the three major problems with it:

1. It only works on IE/PC.

2. Microsoft clearly isn't supporting it anymore.

3. It only looks good on XP with ClearType turned on. I don't know about you but I can't stand ClearType. Unlike OS X's anti-aliasing, I find it actually makes normal body copy look worse.

WEFT would be fabulous if it worked better and in other browsers, but it appears dead-in-the-water at this point.

Posted by: Mike D. on September 15, 2004 05:51 PM
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