Chapter 5. Adding Site Navigation

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Creating buttons

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Creating multi-state buttons

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Creating animated buttons

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Creating navigation bars

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Creating drop-down menus

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No doubt you’ve seen your share of buttons while surfing the Net. And if you’ve designed HTML Web pages, you’ve created buttons. HTML buttons can be moderately cool, but when it comes to compelling buttons, the King of Cool is Flash. With Flash, you can create simple buttons, multi-state buttons, buttons that dance, buttons that sing, and buttons that sing and dance. Most Flash site navigation needs are handled with a navigation bar of neatly arranged buttons. But if you or your client wants to stuff a whole lotta content into the Flash Web site, you’re going to need some drop-down menus. Okay, if you’re ready to navigate, hang on; point your compass to True North and venture into the wonderful world of Flash navigation.

Button, Button, Build Me a Button

When you build a button, you create a symbol. You can create carbon copies of symbols wherever you need them, and this applies to buttons as well. However, when you create navigation for a site, you generally have different labels on each button. Buttons can be duplicated in the document Library and then edited to change label text.

Building a basic button

A basic button gets the job done. When you click it, something ...

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