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    SEO Friendly Flash

    Hi guys,

    Thought I'd share this nugget with you for those who have not seen it. SIFR (Scalable Inman Flash Replacement) is a rather neat way of using Flash text to make your website look gorgeous, while keeping your site search engine friendly. The end result is replacing the h1 tag in the code with selectable, scalable and accessibility compliant flash text.

    It's open source and free for you to use

    I've just put it on one of my sites and the result is amazing!

    How it works

    sIFR is meant to replace short passages of plain browser text with text rendered in your typeface of choice, regardless of whether or not your users have that font installed on their systems. It accomplishes this by using a combination of javascript, CSS, and Flash. Here is the entire process:

    1. A normal (X)HTML page is loaded into the browser.
    2. A javascript function is run which first checks that Flash is installed and then looks for whatever tags, ids, or classes you designate.
    3. If Flash isn't installed (or obviously if javascript is turned off), the (X)HTML page displays as normal and nothing further occurs. If Flash is installed, javascript traverses through the source of your page measuring each element you've designated as something you'd like "sIFRed".
    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.

    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.

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    Cha, Cha, Cha!!! Gamermk's Avatar
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    Great find. This definitely could bring about an exciting time in Web Typography.

    I did notice that selecting text to copy paste while possible, doesn't always work.

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    Duplicating your own content can't be great for seo purposes...
    People don't read ads. They read what interests them,
    and sometimes that happens to be an ad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamermk View Post

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    Duplicating your own content can't be great for seo purposes...
    I'm not worried about SEOing my blog

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    I always wondered how flash seo worked... there are ways to workaround, but nice find thanks!

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    Google can actually read text content in flash too anyway. However, this is great for headers and the such =)


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