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Author: Joachim Schnier | Website: http://www.cancerinform.net/

The Actionscript: part 1

Defining buttons and uploading XML files

At the beginning we have a function, which will load a movie into an empty movieclip called movieHolder. This function is executed when a link in the textfield is clicked. We also define a similar function to go to another frame in our movie. We come back to that later. Finally we want to have a background picture in our base movie (_level0). When we use _root here we refer to _level0 and not to our uploaded movie.

//asfunction to load pics from the text files (see text files).
function loadPics(movie){
    movieHolder.loadMovie(movie);
}
//asfunction to go to a different frame from text files (see kim.txt)
function goFrame(frame){
	gotoAndPlay(frame);
}

//we control loading a background pic into the basemovie and reduce its alpha value.
_root.modelHolder.loadMovie("model_back.jpg");
_root.modelHolder._alpha = 50;

Then we label the radiobuttons as shown here.

//these are radiobuttons of group1, where we define the label
over_30.setLabel("age over 30");
under_30.setLabel("age under 30");

//these are radiobuttons of group2, where we define the label
blond.setLabel("blond");
black.setLabel("black");

Next we define some properties of the main textfield and the listbox such as size and background color.

//here we set the properties of the main textfield and the listbox
InstanceName_0.backgroundColor = 0xFEFFD9;
myList.setStyleProperty("shadow", 0x000000); 
myList.setSize(150, 100);
myList.setStyleProperty("background", 0xFEFFD9); 

Now we are ready to define the main function for the submit button. The first three lines are to clear up the main textfield, the listbox and the picture holder whenever we perform a new search. The following lines determine which XML file will be uploaded. The user can determine this by choosing a radiobutton. We had split up the radiobuttons into two groups. The choice here is addressing group1 buttons. The Value of each button is the label which we gave the button.

//this is the main function for the "submit" button
function searchSite() {
    movieHolder.unloadMovie();//the movieholder for jpgs is unloaded every time
    myList.removeAll();//the listbox is made empty
    InstanceName_0.text = "";//the textfield is cleared
    //we now ask which XML file we want to upload using radiobuttons of group1
    if (group1.getValue() == "age under 30") {//the value is equal to the label here
        findModelsUnder30();
    } else if (group1.getValue() == "age over 30") {
        findModelsOver30();					
    }
}

The XML uploading is executed here and will not be further discussed.

//uploading XML files, for details see earlier tutorials
function findModelsUnder30(){
    models = new XML();
    models.load("models1b.XML");
    models.ignoreWhite = true;
    models.onLoad = findModels;
    findModels();
}

function findModelsOver30(){
    models = new XML();
    models.load("models1.XML");
    models.ignoreWhite = true;
    models.onLoad = findModels;
    findModels(); 
}

» Level Intermediate

Added: 2002-09-17
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The author is a basic scientist doing cancer research.
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