Cufón aims to become a worthy alternative to sIFR, which despite its merits still remains painfully tricky to set up and use. To achieve this ambitious goal the following requirements were set:
1. No plug-ins required – it can only use features natively supported by the client
2. Compatibility – it has to work on every major browser on the market
3. Ease of use – no or near-zero configuration needed for standard use cases
4. Speed – it has to be fast, even for sufficiently large amounts of text
Cufon: Fast text replacement with canvas and VML – no Flash or images required.
(via twittering jason santa maria)
This seems promising, I would like to see this in action on text heavy sites.
Feb 25th, 2009 / 4:44 pm
Are there any websites showing it in action?
Feb 25th, 2009 / 5:33 pm
Thanks for this tip. I tried it out. This is significantly easier than Sifr. But not being able to select the text is a bummer, but I can see this working in many situations. Wondering how the search engines see that text…
Feb 25th, 2009 / 11:02 pm
Could’t the text selection issue be fixed with the same approach Apple uses for iwork.com.
“The document itself appears to be an image file. To do selection, whenever I run over some text it appears that a Canvas element is created and a ‘highlighted’ type graphic is drawn over the correct characters.”
Mar 1st, 2009 / 3:08 am
I used this here: http://uxup.org/ in a bit of a mashup of another link I found here (the weather thing) in order to organize my friends for a little drinking extravaganza.
1. Phenomenally easy.
3. Loads quickly.
4. Search engines read the text just fine, just like any other HTML.
But the non-selectability (and the inability, as far as I can tell, to create rollovers) is definitely a bummer.
But still very cool! Can’t wait to see where web typography goes in the coming years.
Mar 1st, 2009 / 12:05 pm