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And now for the magic part: Frame two of the FLA contains the table objects, and the code is as follows:

tableTop=60; //The top of the output table
tableLeft=40; //Guess what this is for
tableWidth=450; //Width, in pixels, of the entire table.
lastX=0; //Used to retain the width, in pixels, of the last placed column

for (i=0 ; i<numColumns; i++) {

// All columns lack the right-side line, except the last column
// so at this point we decide whether to use the column with
// or without the right-side line	
	if (i<numColumns-1) {
		singleColumn.duplicateMovieClip ("col" + i,i*2+1)
	} else {
		lastColumn.duplicateMovieClip ("col" + i,i*2+1);
// This is the column width, converted to pixels, based on total table width
	colWidth=Number(columnDefs[i]["width"]) * tableWidth / 100;

	eval("col" + i)._x=tableLeft  + lastX ;
	eval("col" + i)._y=tableTop;
	eval("col" + i)._width = colWidth;

// Now place the label in the right place
	ColumnLabel.duplicateMovieClip ("colLabel" + i,i*2+2);
	eval("colLabel" + i).columnName=columnDefs[i]["title"];
	eval("colLabel" + i)._width = colWidth;
	eval("colLabel" + i)._y=tableTop+13;
	eval("colLabel" + i)._x= tableLeft + lastX;

	lastX += colWidth;

If you have any questions about this script, drop me a line. The attached files are the final result:

FirstXML.htm - the "nicely" formatted XML. Can not be used, just submitted for clarity purposes.
- the source file XML used by this fla. Place in the same directory as the rest of the files for this tutorial to work.
ReadXML.swf, ReadXML.fla, ReadXML.html - the FLA, SWD and enveloping html file.

Note: To understand this script, I suggest you start tinkering with the XML file first, see how it affects the display of the SWF. (You can simply hit the refresh button on your browser while looking at ReadXML.html after saving changes to XMLcondensed.htm. Be careful not to use an editor that will "beutify" your XML file by adding indentation and carriage return/line feeds. In frontpage there is an option that disables this feature so you can use frontpage to edit the XMLcondensed file: Tools->Page Options->HTML source->preserve existing HTML.
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Added: 2001-10-01
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