I added sIFR (Scalable Inman Flash Replacement) titles to the site a couple of weeks ago. I was going to write about it at the time, but it’s been a busy time for university. Some seat-of-the-pants essays were submitted.
sIFR has been around for a while. Mike Davis, one of the original developers, wrote about the introduction of version 2.0 back in 2005. The technology now appears to have reached version 3, and is still undergoing development.
Of course there’s more than one way to replace headlines – you can create images yourself, which has the downside of having to edit the image every time you want to update the content, isn’t search engine friendly, and doesn’t allow people to copy and paste. You can also use a couple of other slightly more complicated dynamic font replacement systems.
As many of these are more complicated, more limited, or not as established as sIFR, I chose to stick with it for my site.