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Author: Rissa Fine Karpoff

Dynamic Text Fields: More Power!


Often, when you have large amounts of text to display, you'll want to use a scrolling text box. That means you'll have to make the text field "dynamic". That, in turn, means you can't do much formatting of the text field within Flash.

Fortunately, Flash can interpret HTML tags. You can use these to create pre-formatted text files and include hyperlinks. This technique is best achieved by creating and then importing a separate text file. An extra benefit to this method is that the text file can be edited by someone who doesn't have Flash -- which makes it much easier to share the workload across a project team.

Unfortunately, hyperlink text doesn't automatically "look" like a hyperlink when imported. Further, some special characters, such as the Trademark Symbol, fail to display properly when imported. The problem, then, is how to format the text file, get that text file into Flash, and then display it properly.

Note: This tutorial applies specifically to Windows®-based systems.
» Level Intermediate

Added: 2003-12-16
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» Author
I work in the training section of a non-profit agency. Being the only Flash user in my organization, I've used the techniques in this tutorial to avoid having to make constant edits to our training materials!
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