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A Fine Balance - Flash

In addition to building animation clips on the fly, Flash canalso be used to build simple Web forms to collect user data on your Website. This article demonstrates the process, showing you how to buildsimple Flash forms and link them to server-side scripts for furtherprocessing.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Building Web Forms In Flash
  2. Access Granted
  3. Alien Invasion
  4. Loading Up
  5. Coming Back For More
  6. A Fine Balance
By: icarus, (c) Melonfire
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August 07, 2002

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And that's about it for the moment. In this article, I demonstrated how Flash could be used to build simple Web forms to collect user data on your Web site or within your Flash application. I showed you how to build simple text input boxes, and link them to a form processing script that does something useful with the information submitted. I also gave you a crash course in the new form controls that ship with Flash MX, illustrating how they can be used to build ever more complicated forms, and how they can be combined with new ActionScript functions to both submit form data and process the response to dynamically build a results page.

On a concluding note, it's important to remember that building a form in Flash is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you get access to all of Flash's cool animation functions, which make it possible to build graphically-rich, user-friendly forms rapidly and efficiently; on the other, the more complicated your forms are, the longer they'll take to download and render. Flash offers creative developers an immense amount of power - it's wise to remember that it should be used carefully.

Till next time...be good!

Note: All examples in this article have been tested on Macromedia Flash 5.0. Examples are illustrative only, and are not meant for a production environment. Melonfire provides no warranties or support for the source code described in this article. YMMV!

 
 
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