Image Replacement Replacement
Well, old Shaun “I’ve invented a maneuver” Inman is at it again with the release of his revised and revamped IFR (Inman Flash Replacement… yes, a little full of himself) technique. The idea is this: You already know how to lovingly craft your website with valid markup and CSS, you may even already know how to use methods like the FIR (Fahrner Image Replacement) to replace text with images containing text styled to your fancy, but now you can use Shaun’s IFR to go one step further and replace text with a dynamic Flash file. You may be saying to yourself, but why would I need to use Flashy Flash? What benefits could possibly be reaped from this? And why the hell didn’t Hot Rod just let Optimus finish off Megatron? Well, that last one is a mystery; thankfully the others aren’t, because the results inherent are many.
In other worthwhile CSS news, aside from being a pretty decent Bruce Campbell look-alike, Dave Shae of Mezzoblue has been tinkering with some CSS properties that you won’t see in most browsers. If you are fortunate enough to be on a Mac and using Safari, you will see (the future… today!) some wonderful opacity and drop shadow action, all done with CSS. Otherwise, take a look at the screenshot and pretend you are cool too.