you’ll need Macromedia Flash. At the time of writing, Macromedia Flash 8 Basic costs $349
and Macromedia Flash 8 Professional costs $699. You can download a trial version from
after you register with Adobe; the download size is
You need to have a license to distribute the fonts you’re using for the replacement.
You put sIFR to work in the next exercise, where you modify your product catalog to use a font that isn’t
supported by default by many web browsers. Look ahead at Figures 6-8 and 6-9 to see the difference
between the “before” and “after” versions of the catalog’s title.
Start by creating a subfolder in your site where you store the sIFR code. Create a folder named
folder, so the complete path to it will be
Download sIFR. Navigate to
and find the Down
load link at the bottom of the page. At the time of writing, the direct link to the latest zip package
Unzip the package into your
folder. The contents of the folder should look the
same as Figure 6-4.
You need to open the
file located in your
folder with Macromedia Flash (not the
Flash Player!). If you don’t have it, you can find the trial download at
or at a software catalog web site such as
If you installed Macromedia Flash correctly, it should open up
(see Figure 6-5).
Using sIFR Properly
If you decide to use sIFR for your projects, we recommend that you also check its
, and its description at
, because they contain more tips and
hints that we could not include in the book. You can find a very useful walkthrough
. This quote is particularly
“sIFR is for headlines, pull quotes, and other small swaths of text. In other words,
it is for display type — type which accents the rest of the page. Body copy should remain
browser text. Additionally, we recommend not replacing over about 10 blocks of text per page.
A few more is fine, but once you get into the 50s or so, you’ll notice a processor and speed hit.”
In this exercise you learn how to embed a font into an
file. If you don’t have
Macromedia Flash, or you don’t want to install a trial version, you can use one of the
two Flash files that ship with sIFR. To do that, instead of following steps 4 through 9
of the exercise, simply rename
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