In the good old days the only way to display a none web safe font to a user was to save it as an image. This limited the places you could use non web safe fonts. For example, using a non web safe font was a no go for a blog article title, unless you wanted to create an individual image for every post.
FLIR is another font replacement technique that is advertised as an alternative to sIRF. Rather than generating the text with flash. FLIR actually generates the image on the fly. Out of the three image replacement techniques I am going through today, FLIR is the one I have used least so I don’t want to go into it too much, just check out the site and decide for yourself!
cufón is my current favourite method of font replacement. I used to use sIFR most but now I have switched to cufón. I should mention, the downside to cufón is that you can’t highlight the text that is generated.
Hopefully this article will give you an idea of the options available to you when using font replacement. I didn’t want to tell you what to use, I’d rather show you the options and let you decide which is best for your project.