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Author: Rissa Fine Karpoff


An important point relating to scrolling text fields

The scrollbar utilizes the field's instance name. If you fail to give your field an instance name, Flash will automatically assign one such as InstanceName_0. That works, but it can be awkward. So, using the Properties panel, change the instance name to "Field1".

Finally: Tell Flash what to do

In the first frame of your movie, place the following script:

//tell Flash to display special characters

// set the text field to use HTML tags

//create a new "LoadVars" object
myLoadVar = new LoadVars ();

//load the contents of the text file into the LoadVars object

//check to see if the loading is completed and, if so, put the contents in the text field
myLoadVar.onLoad = function (success){
  if (success == true) {

Let Me Sum Up

By combining Flash features with HTML tags, we've made it possible to use dynamic text fields in a much more powerful way. This tutorial has explained some of these techniques... I hope it's a launch pad for some creative ideas of your own!

» 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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