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Author: Nelson Diotto

Changing the HTML page background color from Flash

There are many differnt ways of doing it. The easiest way is, setting the backgroung properties in JavaScript right from Flash, without having to add any javascript code in to your HTML page. A very important thing to remenber is, use the (=) sign after the property name. The examples bellow compare how it can be done in Flash 7 and Flash 8.

Flash 7

Add the code below in your button:

//Change the original background color to grey using the getURL parametter
on (press) {
getURL("javascript:document.bgColor='#CCCCCC'");
}

Flash 8

1 - Add the code bellow in the first frame of your move:

//Import the ExternalInterface class
import flash.external.ExternalInterface;

//Change the original background color to grey
my_Button.onPress = function() {
ExternalInterface.call("document.bgColor=","#CCCCCC");
};

Note: Avoid using import flash.external.*, the code is still correct, but importing all Flash classes will result in bigger file size.

2- Publish your move pressing Ctrl+F12 for PC or Cmd+F12 for MAC, now open the HTML page created by Flash in a HTML editor or text editor such Dreamweaver or Textedit, etc.

3- Find the world allowScriptAccess , it appears 3 times in your HTML page. Now change it from sameDomain to always.

4- It is done! Now just open your HTML page in any Browser and see if it works. I have successfully tested it on IE6, Firefox 2.0, Safari 2.0 and Safari 3.0.

Note: remenber every time you publish your move from Flash using Ctrl+F12 for PC or Cmd+F12 for MAC you overwrite the HTML page, so you have to do steps 3 and 4 again.
» Level Intermediate

Added: 2007-11-28
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