In previous article: 6 CSV Related Libraries/Functions In Actionscript Save Your Time, we have introduced some CSV libraries in Actionscript. Now we will say something about XML. First, what is XML? XML stands for EXtensible Markup Language. Its a markup language similar to HyperText Markup Language (HTML). XML basically just stores data. Using XML is one of the best ways for structuring external content in a logical format that is easy to understand, process, and update. Then do you know how to use XML in ActionScript? Here we have prepared 12 tutorials about XML in ActionScript. Hope you will enjoy them.
In this tutorial you will learn how to make a simple Image Rotator from scratch using Flash, XML and ActionScript 3.0.
The following examples show how you can load external XML files at runtime using the XML class in ActionScript 2.0 and the URLLoader class in ActionScript 3.0.
Moving from ActionScript 2 to ActionScript 3 forces us developers to change some of the habits we have been practicing for quite some time. Actionscript 3 actually contains two XML related classes, XML and XMLDocument. From a high level you can look at it like this: XML is XML that is parsed using E4X (new to Actionscript 3 – and very sweet to boot) and XMLDocument is what you were used to using in Flash 8 to a large extent.
If you have content stored in a database or in xml that is suitable for presenting in flash, then XML is one of many ways to give flash the content.
This tutorial is ideally used in addition to my "CSS in Flash" tutorial and covers topics such as loading external XML-formatted text into Flash and using external CSS to display that text within the TextArea component.
XML can be used to load external data in Flash to provide an easy method for structuring content so that it is easy to understand, process, and update. This tutorial will teach you the basics on how to create a Flash-friendly XML file and how to load and process this XML file in Flash using the ActionScript XML object.
Consider a situation where you want to retrieve all the paragraphs from an XHTML document. Each paragraph could be nested in DIVs, lists, tables, or anything. If we want to retrieve an XMLList of every paragraph in that document, we need to use E4X’s .. operator. A single dot only allows you to access direct children of a node, but this operator allows you to drill-down into the hierarchy of every descendant in an XML object to access grandchildren and more.
The Xml Deserializer functions parse an XML file and give you a basic object of the nodes and attributes. Using the discography xml fragment below as an example
Here is a simple example demonstrating how to use namespaces to access element nodes using E4X syntax.
This tutorial will demonstrate how to upload, download and work with XML in Actionscript 3. First off let’s make a sample XML file.
This tutorial will show you how to create multiple Flash pages using XML. In the Flash movie, all the content and image paths have been defined in a XML file.
ActionScript’s powerful XML support is based on E4X. Let’s see ActionScript’s XML handling in action with some examples.