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  • First, I’m very sorry if this has been covered. I couldn’t find it when I did a search.

    I thought I saw once that there is a plugin that will allow your readers to see fonts they don’t have installed. For example, if I used the font “Disney Simple” that a lot of people don’t have installed, you would still be able to see it on my blog whether you have it or not.

    Is there such a plugin or is there any way to do this?

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  • The original was by Coldforged, but he’s taken his site offline. So
    has updated the plugin.

    THat’s the only one I know of.

    I tried that, and i can’t get it to work. It would be perfect if it would work.

    There’s also CG-FlashyTitles. Using ‘sIFR’ technology, based on building Flash .swf movie/’font’ files from a selected font on your system (or downloaded .swf files), sIFR replaces selected text with a Flash movie using the selected typeface.

    In many ways it is easier to set up, especially if the .swf for the font you like already exists (though, there are now free conversion tools, whereas a year ago you had to own Flash…). And, because it is ‘on the fly’, it downloads the .swf ONCE, then can use it for any titles on the site that reference it.

    This is in contrast to server-based ‘image replacement’ systems which can use PHP (etc) to convert say a truetype font on-the-fly, make a JPG, and stick it in place of some text. But if you change the text, you created a new JPG every time.

    The advantage of the image replacement techniques is that they can easily ‘spice up’ the title being generated — things like drop-shadows usually come to mind. And, it’s pretty much 100% compatible with any image-viewing browser — however, it might not look right otherwise.

    The advantage of sIFR is you can repeatedly change titles, and CSS controls stuff like colors, and you get some control of :hover attributes on mouseover. It requires browsers with Javascript and Flash (both of which are high-percentage), BUT it gracefully just falls-back to the ORIGINAL text/title if the Javascript doesn’t run. Clean.

    Just thought I’d share some tech details. 😉


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