What have we got so far?
You should have a file (in our case "loader") with a movie in it ("loading") that is ready to be shared out to other Flash MX files.
If you preview your working file at this point you will see your loading animation looping on the stage.
The way we have designed things, we have met requirements 1, 4, 5, 9, and 14. And we have nearly achieved 2, 3, 6, 10, 12, and 13. Seven and eight will need to be proven, and I will probably end up leaving 11 as an exercise because I believe that this feature isn't actually useful most of the time.
Depending on how you set up your fonts, you can range from 2kb (using a _sans font) for your loader to around 6kb (using Arial and embedding font outlines for 0-9, k, b, o, and f in the Dynamic Text object). If your project warrants it, you can also create a shared library asset of your font of choice. See "Using Flash > Working with Text > Creating font symbols" in your help file for more info.
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