Week 14

Monday * April 11

Working with dynamic text, TLF Text (new in CS5), and XML in Flash.

DUE Nothing! The Flash Project is due NEXT WEEK

READ Lesson 7 in Adobe Flash CS5 Professional Classroom in a Book (ACiaB).

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XML data: Most news organizations feed external information into Flash via XML. You may never need to create an XML document from scratch, but you may well be expected to edit one, or to insert data into an XML format.

Dynamic text: The three types of Classic Text in Flash are Static, Dynamic, and Input. New in CS5 is TLF Text, which offers some interesting potential for layouts, as seen in Lesson 7 in your textbook (ACiaB). ALthough TLF Text provides some exciting new capabilities in Flash, it also increases the file size of the SWF that is produced.

Classic Static text: It seems to me (from my research so far) that we should still use Classic Static text for about 90 percent of our work in Flash. When text is dynamically loaded from an outside source (such as an XML file), then we cannot use Classic Static, and we need to assess the possible outcomes of using Classic Dynamic vs. TLF Text. This has significantly complicated text decisions for Flash development.

Whenever you create a Static text field, you need to specify:

With Dynamic text, you also need to consider :

With TLF Text, the Character Embedding is always necessary. There are other considerations, which are covered in your book. NOTE: TLF Text requires Fash Player 10 or later.

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