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Better Techniques

So as FIR became popular, these implementation issues jumped to the fore-front. Could designers use a technique in good conscience that cut off access to the content of certain elements for a portion of the people and software that need them? Fortunately, around the same time, investigations into alternate image-replacement techniques started bearing fruit. Many solved some of the more fundamental problems while leaving one or two outstanding issues. Some involved heavy CSS workarounds and hacking to get reliable cross-browser results. At the time of this writing, there is still no perfect replacement technique; there are only trade-offs and choices among a few of the better alternatives.

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Opinion pieces were written (such as Dave Shea’s “In Defense of Fahrner Image Replacement"; www.digital-web.com/articles/in_defense_of_fahrner_image_replacement), and studies were done (see Joe Clark’s “Facts and Opinion About Fahrner Image Replacement"; www.alistapart.com/articles/fir). It became evident that FIR, in its original form, was unworkable—a fundamental technique that advanced the state of CSS had proved unusable. Now what?



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