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Dreamweaver MX: 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 an effort to give designers greater choices, Dreamweaver MX 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 True Type font you have installed on your computer. It offers a number of benefits:

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