Flash Script - Load XML Data into Flash


Here, I’ll show you how to load xml data into Flash. Note that this tutorial assumes that you have a very good knowledge of xml. Download the sample files here.

1. Let’s start by creating a xml document. Open notepad and insert:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>     <xmltest>         <parentnode>           <node1>First node value</node1>          <node2>Second node value</node2>          <node3>Third node value</node3>          <node4>Fourth node value</node4>          <node5>Fifth node value</node5>         </parentnode>     </xmltest>

2. Save the file as flash.xml.

3. Open a new movie in Flash. I have set the movie properties at width:370 and height:200.

4. Now, create dynamic text, and give it a variable name "txt". Be sure to check html in the text options pallete.

5. Right click on the first and only frame in the movie, and select Actions. Insert:

XML_var = new XML();  // now load up the url.  XML_var.load("http://www.flashcircle.com/swffiles/flash.xml");  // when xml is loaded call functon displayXML  XML_var.onLoad = displayXML;  // display in txt xml is loading  txt = "Loading XML data...";  function displayXML()   {  mainTag = new XML;  elementTag = new XML;  articleList = new Array;  elementList = new Array;  mainTag = this.firstChild.nextSibling;  articleList = mainTag.childNodes;   txt = "";  //loop through xml  for(i=0;i<=articleList.length;i++)  {//start for  elementList = articleList[i].childNodes;  //start for  for(j=0;j<=elementList.length;j++)   {//start for  elementTag = elementList[j];  head = elementTag.firstChild.nodeValue;  if(elementTag.nodeName.toLowerCase() == "node1")  {txt += head +"";}  if(elementTag.nodeName.toLowerCase() == "node2")  {txt += head +"";}  if(elementTag.nodeName.toLowerCase() == "node3")  {txt += head +"";}  if(elementTag.nodeName.toLowerCase() == "node4")  {txt += head +"";}  if(elementTag.nodeName.toLowerCase() == "node5")  {txt += head +"";}  }//end for  }//end for  }

Let me explain how each line works.

XML_var = new XML() ...declare XML_var as a new xml object.
XML_var.load("http://www.flashcircle.com/swffiles/flash.xml") ...load the xml file.
XML_var.onLoad = displayXML ...if file is loaded, call the displayXML()/#epc#/ function.


for(i=0;i<=articleList.length;i++) ...iterate using for loop through xml file to display the elements.


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