First time here? First time here? Newsletter Signup Newsletter
651326 Members and growing! | Flash Jobs
Search tutorials
Author: Peter Cook | Website:

Relative Navigation

Unfortunately, relative getURL links in .swf files are only relative to the .html file they are embedded in. This becomes a problem with you are creating one flash file (a menu bar for example) that will that will appear on HTML files in multiple sub folders on your site. Sure you could do all absolute links, or relative to root links, but this becomes problem when you want to test your site before hosting it on a server. There is a fairly simple way around this problem.

First, enter the following ActionScipt on the first frame of your Flash file:

myRootFinder = _url.lastIndexOf("/");
   myRoot = _url.substring(0, myRootFinder+1); 

Then, whenever you use getURL put the myRoot variable infront of a relative link:

on (release) {

This should solve the problem. Now you can test this site in almost any folder and not worry about putting it on the root level of a server just to preview your page.

» Level Basic

Added: 2003-09-16
Rating: 8 Votes: 25
(10 being the highest)
» Author
Peter is a Media Developer for a small agency in Wilmore, KY
» Download
Download the files used in this tutorial.
» Forums
More help? Search our boards for quick answers!


  • There are no comments yet. Be the first to comment!

  • You must have javascript enabled in order to post comments.

Leave a Comment
  • Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.
Featured Flash FLA
» Author: doc_chin7
» Description:

The flash's horizontal road drive was done in CS4 and was upgraded to CS6. The car responds to right/ left key and flash will auto-generate the movement of roads from left-right or right-left based on random number. Have fun driving in this virtual environment and avoid other cars... :) If you are creative, a road driving game can be created from it.

Featured Sound Loops
Image for equalize

Audio Player

» Author: BoxCat
» Title: CPU Talk
» Description: From the cyberpunk RPG, "Nameless: the Hackers" Completely Free to use! Keywords: edm hip hop rap electronic mysterious mission hacking chase exciting spy ios ambient chilling love happy sad angry suspense
Latest Font
» Author: Fábio FAFERS
» Description: I created this font for free use. Everyone can apply it in personal or business texts. Its free, but I want to be communicated in case of business use. Donations are accepted to keep the project of free fonts alive! Thank you all
Featured Sound Fx
Image for equalize

Audio Player

» Author: nathan
» Description:

A recorded sound of the Dimensional Fork Gate.