Dynamic Text Replacement With PHP

This is a question borne out of frustration as much as anything so take it as a question / rant / frustrated sob into my dirty wet cloth handkerchief.

The A List Apart article on dynamic text replacement by Stewart Rosenberger has driven me crazy for its obvious usefulness, for its apparent simplicity and for its inability to work on my server for no offered sensible reason. Having trawled back and forth the 28 pages of comments and discussion of this article on A List Apart (and with comments seemingly not available anymore) I can only say that I do have the GD Library installed and FreeType is enabled (the rude assertions from some quarters can thus hold their breath). And I’m not the only person to have this problem, the exact same problem, so if Stewart, A List Apart or anyone in the entire planet can tell me what is out of sync here then my left testicle belongs in a specimen jar on your office filing cabinet. Maybe that’s a bit overboard, joke, no coming here with knives because I’m a screamer, too.

The symptoms… well in IE I just get the alt tags appearing with red X’s for each PNG not appearing. And in FF I get the words in the current text but pushed together so there isn’t any word-spacing. Otherwise it works perfectly, of course.

Although its a brilliant bit of work and it looks great on the test page it doesn’t work on quite a few installations and nobody has developed a definitive why that I’ve been able to find. So if you know then could you please save my sanity and help me out?

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