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Peter Corlett abuse at
Fri Nov 13 16:03:53 GMT 2009

On 13 Nov 2009, at 15:23, Chris Devers wrote:
> Not to be contrarian, but is there any particular reason why random
> bits of text in the main banner need to be Flash assets rather than an
> open format like PNG or -- gosh -- text+CSS?

It's sIFR:

Basically, it's a trick where some JavaScript replaces certain text  
with a specific magic class) with Flash objects merely so that the  
font can be changed. Demanded by the Powerpoint and Photoshop set, and  
everybody else just couldn't care less that the text follows corporate  
branding guidelines, at least until it crashes their browser.

I note that the sIFR on degrades gracefully when faced with  
FlashBlock, which is nice and shows somebody had a bout of common  
sense. (It's nonsense like sIFR that had me install FlashBlock in the  
first place.)

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