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Flash Journalism by Mindy McAdams

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Lesson 9

Working with Text

Text can seem like a no-brainer in Flash. What’s the big deal? You grab the text tool, you type some words, it works. At least, it seems to work—until one day, when you are looking over someone’s shoulder as she opens your Flash movie on the Web, and you see some strange, ugly typography that you never put there. What happened? You didn’t embed your font.

If you understand how Flash handles text, and why the program has three different types of text field to choose from, you can avoid unfortunate mistakes and design flaws. You can spare your users from illegible, blurred text; you can easily make scrolling text boxes in seconds; you can even invite users to type in information and get results. Unlike standard HTML ...

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