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Author: Alan Wisternoff | Website:


I Find a lot of people are contacting me with regard to my Simple Scroll bar tutorial asking about using HTML text because they want to use links or other formatting. I thought I would write a tutorial on this matter that I could refer people to that would also be useful to anyone who needs help with this matter.

When using dynamic text boxes in flash it is possible to use HTML encoded text instead of plain text. Using HTML text has many advantages, it allows you to colour text differently within the one textbox as well as apply different sizes and fonts. It is also possible to add HTML links into text, so you can link to other pages on the web.


There are only a few simple HTML tags that you can use, they are:

<%lt%>html<%gt%><%lt%>/html<%gt%> defines the HTML document
<%lt%>/font<%gt%> defines font characteristics with attributes such as face, size, color.
<%lt%>a href<%gt%><%lt%>/a<%gt%> the anchor tag for links. Flash supports the 'target' attribute
<%lt%>b<%gt%><%lt%>/b<%gt%> Bold
<%lt%>u<%gt%><%lt%>/u<%gt%> Underline
<%lt%>i<%gt%><%lt%>/i<%gt%> Italics
<%lt%>p<%gt%> Paragraph
<%lt%>br<%gt%> Line break

More modern HTML elements such as images and tables are not supported.

» Level Basic

Added: 2003-09-21
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