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Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

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Flash Text

As noted in Chapter 3, Web browsers simply don't offer a lot of font choices. Even though it's possible to specify any font for your text, unless your visitors have the same font installed on their systems, they won't see the font you intended.

For this reason, Web designers either stick to the handful of fonts that are commonly installed on Windows and Macintosh computers, or they render type as graphics and insert them in the page. This workaround has its own downsides, of course: Graphics take longer to download, and you can't edit the text once you've frozen it into a picture. (In addition, search engine "spiders" can't read text inside of Flash creations, so your pages may not get properly indexed by a search engine.)

In an effort to give designers greater choices, Dreamweaver offers Flash text. Based on Macromedia's successful Flash technology, Flash text is a text-only Flash movie on your Web page that maintains the shape and quality of any TrueType font you have installed on your computer. It offers a number of benefits:

  • Your visitors see exactly the same fonts you used when you created the Web page, even if they don't have the same fonts on their machines.

  • The resulting Flash file is usually much smaller and of higher quality than the same text rendered as a graphics file.

  • Since Flash uses vectors—mathematical formulas—to describe an image's shape and color, you can resize Flash text without degrading its quality.

Unfortunately, Flash text has a downside, too: Like ...

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