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    Using Fonts Guests Don't Have

    I think I might have made a thread like this earlier, but I can't seem to find it... I remember getting a link to info that explains how to do this.

    I want to spice up my website by using fonts guests don't have, unlike the usual stuff like times, ariel, and verdana. How can I use fonts on my website that guests don't have installed, yet the guests can view the text in the real font?

    Thanks.

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    A commonly used method: http://www.mikeindustries.com/sifr/

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    You need to use images or rely on a third-party plug-in like Flash.

    The sensible thing to do is to use the fallback mechanism for font families in CSS:
    Code:
    font-family: "My Cool Font", Verdana, sans-serif;
    This will use 'My Cool Font' if that's installed. If not, the browser will try Verdana. If that's not available either it will use its default sanserif font.
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    Use images and use just a few for titles and so on - I wouldn't recommend Flash, especially with the new IE issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanFonts
    Use images and use just a few for titles and so on - I wouldn't recommend Flash, especially with the new IE issues.
    Which I believe can be avoided by using the Flash Satay method that was discussed on A List Apart (http://www.alistapart.com/articles/flashsatay). Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though .

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanFonts
    Use images and use just a few for titles and so on - I wouldn't recommend Flash, especially with the new IE issues.
    sIFR isn't affected by the new IE issue since it uses Javascript to inject the Flash text into the page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    sIFR isn't affected by the new IE issue since it uses Javascript to inject the Flash text into the page.
    I just used this technique on a new project and has no issue with the new IE /Flash problem.

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    I wouldn't use third party fonts mainly because people will more likely read a font that they are accomodated to. If its for a logo or something you can always use a logo like Urban suggested.

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    I looked at the source and it seems that the heading is still in the code, so I'm assuming this will not hamper seo'ing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by troglodite
    I looked at the source and it seems that the heading is still in the code, so I'm assuming this will not hamper seo'ing?
    Right, because sIFR replacements are done with Javascript.

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    Ah! Then this is nice, too bad you couldn't create more than just the heading (practically speaking). I'll have to try it! =]

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    PHP Gd?

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    does anyone have an example of this done that could be shown? I am wondering how does it look like and work. Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by kefeso
    does anyone have an example of this done that could be shown? I am wondering how does it look like and work. Thx
    it's at the bottom of the above link - or here:
    http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/files/sifr/2.0/

    er... what i meant is that there is a link to an example page that is located at the
    bottom of the page that was linked above. I copied and pasted the link ^



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