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This is a continuing from http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/WebDevSoftware/Flash/Q_20788652.html

How can I do same thing with another file.

I have solution from above working fine, But I need one more thing. To import another file that will draw the box over the triangles. I don;t want a link for it, just a box, so it can't be filled with color.

data_xml = new XML();
data_xml.path = this;
data_xml.ignoreWhite = true;
data_xml.onLoad = function(ok)
{
     if(ok){
          this.path.drawTriangles(this.firstChild.childNodes);
     } else {
          trace("XML FILE NOT FOUND");
     }
};
function drawTriangles(triangles_xml)
{
     var pen = this.createEmptyMovieClip("pen", 1);
     for(var i = 0; i < triangles_xml.length; i++){
          var attributes = triangles_xml[i].attributes;
          pen.lineStyle(attributes.thickness, parseInt(attributes.rgb, 16), attributes.alpha);
          pen.moveTo(attributes.mx, attributes.my);
          for(var j = 1; j < 5; j++){
               pen.lineTo(attributes["x" + j], attributes["y" + j]);
          }
     }
}
data_xml.load("box.xml");

Works fine. It will create Box I need. How do I get them to work together.


I tried putting the box code in  triangles.xml with triangles, Its drawn but filled with color as its created over triangles, and takes up their links.

I tried creating another layer, and doing same thing with box, but only box gets displayed, no triangles.

Because coordinates will be dynamically generated, I need it to read new file lets say every 10 seconds.
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by:negatyve
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What's inside box.xml?
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<triangles>
     <item thickness="1" rgb="002040" alpha="100" mx="140" my="10"  x1="160" y1="10" x2="160" y2="100" x3="140" y3="100" x4="140" y4="10" />
     <item thickness="1" rgb="002040" alpha="100" mx="180" my="10"  x1="260" y1="10" x2="260" y2="100" x3="180" y3="100" x4="180" y4="10" />
</triangles>
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by:negatyve
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ok, only one xml file, "shapes.xml":

=================================================================
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<shapes>
      <triangles>
            <item
                  link="http://www.altavista.com/" target="_blank"
                  thickness="1" rgb="002040" alpha="100"
                  mx="100" my="130"
                  x1="358" y1="130"
                  x2="358" y2="260"
                  x3="100" y3="130" />
            <item
                  link="http://www.yahoo.com/" target="_self"
                  thickness="2" rgb="FFCC00" alpha="20"
                  mx="400" my="130"
                  x1="663" y1="130"
                  x2="400" y2="232"
                  x3="400" y3="130" />
      </triangles>
      <boxes>
            <item
                  thickness="1" rgb="002040" alpha="100"
                  mx="140" my="10"
                  x1="160" y1="10"
                  x2="160" y2="100"
                  x3="140" y3="100"
                  x4="140" y4="10" />
            <item
                  thickness="1" rgb="002040" alpha="100"
                  mx="180" my="10"
                  x1="260" y1="10"
                  x2="260" y2="100"
                  x3="180" y3="100"
                  x4="180" y4="10" />
      </boxes>
</shapes>
=================================================================


and only one movie, with this code:

=================================================================
data_xml = new XML();
data_xml.path = this;
data_xml.ignoreWhite = true;
data_xml.onLoad = function(ok)
{
      if (ok) {
            this.path.drawTriangles(this.firstChild.firstChild.childNodes);
            this.path.drawBoxes(this.firstChild.lastChild.childNodes);
      } else {
            trace("XML FILE NOT FOUND");
      }
};
function drawTriangles(triangles_xml)
{
      for (var i = 0; i < triangles_xml.length; i++) {
            var pen = this.createEmptyMovieClip("pen" + i, i);
            var attributes = triangles_xml[i].attributes;
            pen.lineStyle(attributes.thickness, parseInt(attributes.rgb, 16), attributes.alpha);
            pen.moveTo(attributes.mx, attributes.my);
            pen.beginFill(parseInt(attributes.rgb, 16), attributes.alpha);
            for (var j = 1; j < 4; j++)pen.lineTo(attributes["x" + j], attributes["y" + j]);
            pen.endFill();
            pen.__target = attributes.target;
            pen.__link = attributes.link;
            pen.onRelease = function()
            {
                  this.getURL(this.__link, this.__target);
            };
      }
}
function drawBoxes(boxes_xml)
{
      for (var i = 0; i < boxes_xml.length; i++) {
            var pen = this.createEmptyMovieClip("pen" + i, i + 1000);
            var attributes = boxes_xml[i].attributes;
            pen.lineStyle(attributes.thickness, parseInt(attributes.rgb, 16), attributes.alpha);
            pen.moveTo(attributes.mx, attributes.my);
            for (var j = 1; j < 5; j++)      pen.lineTo(attributes["x" + j], attributes["y" + j]);
      }
}
data_xml.load("shapes.xml");
=================================================================
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by:valentin_v
ID: 9721948
How do I get it to refresh with new values taken from SHAPES.XML lets say every 5 seconds
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by:negatyve
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data_xml = new XML();
data_xml.path = this;
data_xml.ignoreWhite = true;
data_xml.onLoad = function(ok)
{
      if (ok) {
            this.triangles = this.firstChild.firstChild.childNodes;
            this.boxes = this.firstChild.lastChild.childNodes;
            this.path.drawTriangles();
            this.path.drawBoxes();
            clearInterval(this.loadID);
            this.loadID = setInterval(this, "updateData", 5000);
      } else {
            trace("XML FILE NOT FOUND");
      }
};
data_xml.updateData = function()
{
      var total = this.triangles.length + this.boxes.length;
      for(var i = 0; i < total; i++)this.path["pen" + i].removeMovieClip();
      delete this.triangles;      delete this.boxes;
      this.load("shapes.xml");
}
function drawTriangles()
{
      for (var i = 0; i < data_xml.triangles.length; i++) {
            var pen = this.createEmptyMovieClip("pen" + i, i);
            var attributes = data_xml.triangles[i].attributes;
            pen.lineStyle(attributes.thickness, parseInt(attributes.rgb, 16), attributes.alpha);
            pen.moveTo(attributes.mx, attributes.my);
            pen.beginFill(parseInt(attributes.rgb, 16), attributes.alpha);
            for (var j = 1; j < 4; j++)pen.lineTo(attributes["x" + j], attributes["y" + j]);
            pen.endFill();
            pen.__target = attributes.target;      pen.__link = attributes.link;
            pen.onRelease = function()      {      this.getURL(this.__link, this.__target);      };
      }
}
function drawBoxes()
{
      var precs = data_xml.triangles.length;
      for (var i = precs; i < data_xml.boxes.length + precs; i++) {
            var pen = this.createEmptyMovieClip("pen" + i, i);
            var attributes = data_xml.boxes[i - precs].attributes;
            pen.lineStyle(attributes.thickness, parseInt(attributes.rgb, 16), attributes.alpha);
            pen.moveTo(attributes.mx, attributes.my);
            for (var j = 1; j < 5; j++)      pen.lineTo(attributes["x" + j], attributes["y" + j]);
      }
}
data_xml.load("shapes.xml");
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by:valentin_v
ID: 9722091
Works fine ok Computer but on the web files don;t updated. They get cached, so how to reload a file so It does not get cached by FLASH.

That would be the last problem to get fixed with this .

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by:negatyve
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Change this function:

data_xml.updateData = function()
{
    var total = this.triangles.length + this.boxes.length;
    for(var i = 0; i < total; i++)this.path["pen" + i].removeMovieClip();
    delete this.triangles;     delete this.boxes;
    this.load("shapes.xml");
}

to

data_xml.updateData = function()
{
    var total = this.triangles.length + this.boxes.length;
    for(var i = 0; i < total; i++)this.path["pen" + i].removeMovieClip();
    delete this.triangles;     delete this.boxes;
    this.load("shapes.xml?updated=" + (new Date().getTime()));
}
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by:valentin_v
ID: 9722159
yOU THE BEST.

Sorry but only one more thing, Is there a way to split shapes.xml, into 2 files one for TRIANGLES, one for BOXES to keep them separate for easyer updating of values.

Thanks again, and this is for sure last thing
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ID: 9725209
boxes.xml


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<boxes>
      <item
            thickness="1" rgb="002040" alpha="100"
            mx="140" my="10"
            x1="160" y1="10"
            x2="160" y2="100"
            x3="140" y3="100"
            x4="140" y4="10" />
      <item
            thickness="1" rgb="002040" alpha="100"
            mx="180" my="10"
            x1="260" y1="10"
            x2="260" y2="100"
            x3="180" y3="100"
            x4="180" y4="10" />
</boxes>

=====================================================
=====================================================

triangles.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<triangles>
      <item
            link="http://www.altavista.com/" target="_blank"
            thickness="1" rgb="002040" alpha="100"
            mx="100" my="130"
            x1="358" y1="130"
            x2="358" y2="260"
            x3="100" y3="130" />
      <item
            link="http://www.yahoo.com/" target="_self"
            thickness="2" rgb="FFCC00" alpha="20"
            mx="400" my="130"
            x1="663" y1="130"
            x2="400" y2="232"
            x3="400" y3="130" />
</triangles>


=====================================================
=====================================================

movie script:


triangles_xml = new XML();
triangles_xml.path = this;
triangles_xml.ignoreWhite = true;
triangles_xml.onLoad = function(ok)
{
      if (ok) {
            this.triangles = this.firstChild.childNodes;
            this.drawTriangles();
            clearInterval(this.loadID);
            this.loadID = setInterval(this, "updateData", 5000);
      } else {
            trace("XML FILE NOT FOUND");
      }
};
triangles_xml.updateData = function()
{
      for (var i = 0; i < this.triangles.length; i++)      this.path["tre" + i].removeMovieClip();
      delete this.triangles;
      this.load("triangles.xml");
};
triangles_xml.drawTriangles = function()
{
      for (var i = 0; i < this.triangles.length; i++){
            var pen = this.path.createEmptyMovieClip("tre" + i, i);
            var attributes = this.triangles[i].attributes;
            pen.lineStyle(attributes.thickness, parseInt(attributes.rgb, 16), attributes.alpha);
            pen.moveTo(attributes.mx, attributes.my);
            pen.beginFill(parseInt(attributes.rgb, 16), attributes.alpha);
            for (var j = 1; j < 4; j++) {
                  pen.lineTo(attributes["x" + j], attributes["y" + j]);
            }
            pen.endFill();
            pen.__target = attributes.target;
            pen.__link = attributes.link;
            pen.onRelease = function()
            {
                  this.getURL(this.__link, this.__target);
            };
      }
}
triangles_xml.load("triangles.xml");

boxes_xml = new XML();
boxes_xml.path = this;
boxes_xml.ignoreWhite = true;
boxes_xml.onLoad = function(ok)
{
      if (ok) {
            this.boxes = this.firstChild.childNodes;
            this.drawBoxes();
            clearInterval(this.loadID);
            this.loadID = setInterval(this, "updateData", 5000);
      } else {
            trace("XML FILE NOT FOUND");
      }
};
boxes_xml.updateData = function()
{
      for (var i = 0; i < this.boxes.length; i++)      this.path["box" + i].removeMovieClip();
      delete this.boxes;
      this.load("boxes.xml");
};

boxes_xml.drawBoxes = function()
{
      for (var i = 0; i < this.boxes.length ; i++) {
            var pen = this.path.createEmptyMovieClip("box" + i, i + 1000);
            var attributes = this.boxes[i].attributes;
            pen.lineStyle(attributes.thickness, parseInt(attributes.rgb, 16), attributes.alpha);
            pen.moveTo(attributes.mx, attributes.my);
            for (var j = 1; j < 5; j++) {
                  pen.lineTo(attributes["x" + j], attributes["y" + j]);
            }
      }
}
boxes_xml.load("boxes.xml");
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