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Using JS for custom-font titles

I wrote a post a little while ago about using custom font titles on a webpage with PHP-generated images.

It's still a handy thing to know about, and teaches some good GD basics. However - it's harder than this way, which uses a very clever service called .

Basically, you upload a font to the Cufon website, and it gives you a javascript file. Include that file onto your website, and you can use the font where you like. Here's how I did it for my site.

First, go to the Cufon website, and click on 'download'. Save the resulting Javascript onto your website.

Now go back to the Cufon home page and browse to the font you'd like to use under "regular typeface" (you probably won't have permissions to get to your c:\windows\fonts folder via a browser, so copy the font to your desktop first, or something). Fill in the other sections as desired (although you be wise to leave most of them (except for the security one) alone) and smack the "Let's do this!" button. Cufon will spit out some Javascript.

You can either put this file on your web-browser too, or do what I did and copy/paste the code into the bottom of the cufon-yui.js file you downloaded earlier. You can do this with as many fonts as you like.

Once that's done, add the following code to the end of the cufon-yui.js file:
                        Cufon.replace('h1', { fontFamily: 'Vegur' });
Cufon.replace('h2', { fontFamily: 'Myriad Pro' });;
Of course, you should change the name of the font from Vegur and Myriad Pro to whatever fonts you chose. You can also choose different headers (ie. h4), and if you have jQuery or MooTools or the like you can also use CSS selectors, like
Cufon.replace('.title_font', { fontFamily: 'Vegur' });
Now, on your HTML page, put the following code right before your closing body tag (although it can come before other things than have to be at the end, like Google Analytics code:
<script type="text/javascript" src="path/to/cufon-yui.js"></script>

And there you have it - any of the HTML tags you specified earlier will be replaced with the font you chose.

It does have some downsides - it requires your page to be UTF-8 encoded, and have a strict doctype. Which you should have anyway, etc, blah blah.

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