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sIFR inside: mourning the loss of a friend, with a tribute to Mark Wubben

Posted By Kim On March 31, 2008 @ 11:00 pm In Blogs,Design,Hackers,IT Guruer,Kim Blog (English),Resources,Technology | 1 Comment

Logo Sifr2 [1]Yesterday I had the, unexpected, pleasure of meeting Mark Wubben [2] in person, and it was great.

The reason: yesterday we had a meeting in relation to a project, and webgrl extraordinarie, Henriette Weber [3] asked if she could bring a guest. Sure! His name is Mark Wubben, do you knew who he is? No, not really!…Well it turned out that I did, he’s the man behind the incredible piece of code known as sIFR [4].

In case you don’t know what sIFR is – chances are that you don’t – it’s a method to display rich typography on the web, using Flash, but in a completely transparent, and accesible way.

So as a tribute to Mark and the fantastic work he’s done with SiFR, I’ve switched my sites theme to the sIFR experiment, I never got quite finished with last year – it’s based on the standard template.

I got to look at some of the work he’s done at his company, and it’s SUPER cool.

Mark is also finding time – which is amazing – to work on sIFR, and I got a sneak-view of version 3.0 of sIFR, and it’s going API, will be fully scalable etc.

The main reason I stopped my experimentation with sIFR, was because it didn’t support Danish characters, but Mark would LOVE to hear from you, so I’ll ask him for advice – really it’s “just” a matter of providing the correct Flash files. Another reason I stopped using sIFR, was that I didn’t have the energy to chase down nicer fonts, the defaults aren’t exactly the nicest.

Wondering what Mark is up to [5] these days? You’ll better watch it!

If you’re using sIFR, do give Mark a shout, he’d appreciate it, and his work deserves ALL the recognition in the world!

ps. Incidentally I just lost a good friend, due to COMPLETE stupidity on my part, I guees that I’m an a**hole, and the irony is that, he was the one, who drew my attention to sIFR. So long buddy 🙁

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[1] Image: http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/images/inline/logo_sifr2.gif

[2] Mark Wubben: http://novemberborn.net/recent

[3] Henriette Weber: http://henrietteweber.com/

[4] sIFR: http://www.mikeindustries.com/sifr

[5] up to: http://xopus.com/

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