The only thing I can think of is to use AJaX to access a server-side page that grabs the data from the database and returns it; it will run behind the scenes and can dynamically update the webpage without a refresh/reload.
And go ahead and use the images for the digital-style numbers; even if you did find a font that fits, there's no guarantee that all browsers would have it. In this case, the images would be universal, and should display quickly if you pre-load them at page load. Make sure they are .gifs, and are optimized for the page.
Last edited by WolfShade; 02-02-2012 at 06:38 PM.
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