About the project
- About sIFR Beauty
- sIFR Beauty demonstrates the beauty and the
accessibility of sIFR (Scalable Inman Flash
Replacement). Maintained and updated by Vitaly Friedman, it
includes a library of license -free fonts (CSS-Zen -Garden
-kind-of-library), implemented in .swf format for
further use with the sIFR technique. Besides, sIFR
Beauty provides the information about sIFR Resources and presents its
delightful examples in the sIFR Showcase.
- How did it begin?
- Have you ever had this feeling when you just look out of
the window, throw a glance at something very familiar and begin to wonder how
such simple, almost elementary things turned out to be so beautiful and
irresistible? The girl's boundless happiness, a slow fall of a green leaf, an unexpected
gust of a strong wind... You let fascinate yourself, being impressed by
something you've seen eventually, but haven't actually
- After reading Mike Davidson's first article on sIFR,
I've implemented sIFR in some of the web-sites I was
working on. The idea of styling the headings, pullquotes,
paragraphs or text blocks with any font - without the users having it
installed on their PC, has completely changed my idea of presenting the
information on the Web. Gradually I realized, how a simple Flash
replacement can completely change - improve - the appearance of a
page and reaching the potential clientele.
- First of all, from now on web-developers was
becoming able to realize one of the clients' most wanted
wishes: to tie the company's official signature (i.e. logotype) with the
presentation of a page - in order to make the company's
logotype more recognizable. Secondly, the used font could
now be adjusted to the content of the page, making it possible to
use "serious" fonts for a solid business web-site and
"less serious" typefaces for the entertaining web-sites.
Thirdly, the necessity of using images for
presenting "special" information (i.e. eye-catching headings) was
of the page in a needed presentation form dynamically.
- Gradually learning the possibilities sIFR offers, I just waited for an opportunity
to create a CSS Zen Garden-kind-of-page, which would demonstrate the beauty of the sIFR technique and provide the information about it. Consequently,
a catalog of sIFR Resources as well as sIFR Showcase were born. As Chris Heilmann has created the CSS Table Gallery and kindly presented the source code
of his brilliant project, I stocked up on the inspiration, creativity and coffee supplies, took a deep breath
and spent three looong nights creating sIFR Beauty.
- What does a red latern stand for?
- I've been receiving this question several times now. It stands for whatever you want it to stand.
Creativity, inspiration, beauty. For me it stands for a new "light" in web-development, more possibilities,
more space for creativity and inspiration and non-standard text presentation.
- Any questions? Feel free to ask.