You can include classic text in your Flash Professional applications
in a variety of ways. You can create text fields containing static text,
which you create when you author the document. You can also create dynamic text
fields, which display updating text, such as stock quotes or news
headlines, and input text fields, which allow users
to enter text for forms or surveys.
Flash Professional provides many ways to work
with text. For example, you can orient text horizontally or vertically;
set attributes such as font, size, style, color, and line spacing;
check spelling; transform text by rotating, skewing, or flipping; link
text; make text selectable; animate text; control font substitution;
and use a font as part of a shared library. Flash Professional documents
can use Type 1 PostScript® fonts, TrueType®, and bitmap fonts (Macintosh only).
You can preserve rich text formatting in text fields, using HTML
tags and attributes. When you use HTML text for the content of a
dynamic or input text field, the text can flow around an image,
such as a SWF or JPEG file or a movie clip. See Using HTML-formatted
text in Learning ActionScript 2.0 in Adobe Flash.
movie clip instances, text field instances are ActionScript® objects that have properties and methods.
By giving a text field an instance name, you can manipulate it with
ActionScript. However, you cannot write ActionScript code inside
a text instance, because text instances don’t have Timelines.
You can use ActionScript to format input and dynamic text, and
to create scrolling text fields. ActionScript has events for dynamic
and input text fields that you can capture and use to trigger scripts.
For information on using ActionScript to control text, see Working
with Text and Strings in Learning ActionScript 2.0 in Adobe Flash.