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Internal/External text

You can use external text or internal text in a very similar way. The text is always given a variable name which makes it easy to use, I have used 'textbox' as the variable.

To load external variables they must be saved as text (.txt) files. Inside the text file the variable is defined eg.

textbox=<%lt%>html<%gt%><%lt%>font color ="#adff2f" size="18"<%gt%>Friday May 30th 2003<%lt%>/font<%gt%><%lt%>/html<%gt%>

You dont need to use quotation marks in external variables like you do in internal variables.You need to use the loadVariables action to load them into your movie.

To use internal text it is just a simple matter of using the set variable action eg.

textbox="<%lt%>html<%gt%><%lt%>font color =\"#adff2f\" size=\"18\"<%gt%>Friday May 30th 2003<%lt%>/font<%gt%><%lt%>/html<%gt%>"

You will notice though a few differences from external text. Firstly all the code is inside quotation marks. Secondly all the quotation marks that are part of the HTML code need a backslash in front of them to tell flash that the quotation marks are part of the text and not the termination of the variable. Have this as a variable within your movie like you would have any other variable.

Just remember the text will be loaded into whatever level you have your loadVariables action or setVariable action.

Make sure the HTML checkbox is checked if you are using HTML coded text otherwise all the text, tags and all, will be displayed. Also you need to check the appropriate 'Embed fonts' button if you want your dynamic text to be anti-aliased or if you are using a custom font.

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Added: 2003-09-21
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