Monday, September 26th, 2005
>Mike Davidson got together with a group of developers to work on a method to insert rich typography into web pages without sacrificing accessibility, search engine friendliness, or markup semantics.
How it works
- A normal (X)HTML page is loaded into the browser.
- 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.
- 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.
This all happens in a split-second, so all of the checking, replacing, and scaling is not visible to the user. It is not uncommon
to notice a very short delay as the Flash loads, but to the user, none of the internals of this process are exposed.
- Download the official sIFR 2.0.1 release
- View the official sIFR 2.0.1 example page
- Head over to the official sIFR Wiki/Documentation site for more in-depth info
- Visit the official sIFR support forum