Although I'm no fan of
This is a companion discussion topic for the original blog entry at: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2005/12/web-typography-hack-sifr.html
I think the technique is good, but has some flaws:
You can’t select text properly.
The anti-aliasing used is rubbish. The text looks blurred in places. This is a big step backwards - I notice the bad AA before I notice the nice font.
Macromedia could fix Flash so it renders text better - perhaps using the platform’s own text rendering - though perhaps Flash allows some funky things with text which aren’t normally available with the native renderer.
The anti-aliasing used is rubbish
I had forgotten about this, but you’re right. I don’t mind it too much on the larger headline fonts, but it’s one reason why smallish Flash text was always so painful to read.
Why does Flash have such hideous anti-aliasing? Isn’t AA kind of a known science by now?
I clicked that link, and now I can’t stop obsessing over the hideous anti-aliasing on the replaced fonts.
I didn’t notice it on the large 24+ point headlines in the sample (eg, the GIF movie I made). But it’s driving me nuts on Shaun Inman’s site, where it is used all over the place for relatively small text.
gg Flash. That is bleed-from-the-eyes material there. It looks WAY better with Flash disabled. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself.
Pretty useless hack, IMHO.
From that website:
Well what the hell is the point then?!? I like JS and don’t like Flash.
The anti-aliasing makes me feel drunk…er;)
You gotta give props to Shaun Inman (the I in sIFR). He’s the original developer of IFR, which was the real original progenitor to sIFR.