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get a variable from a text file

Posted on 2004-08-30
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Ok I have a news thiing on one of my websites.  And it uses shared objects to tell if the user has been to the site before if not it adds a date the date the news was updated to the persons computer and plays a animation.  Then if you refresh it will not play it again untill the date changes in flash file.  But I Have the text being pulled from a text file and I would like to have the date pulled from there also so that way All I have to do is update the text file or have someone else do so that way they don't have to have flash.  The question I have is how to send a variable to flash from the text file. I am useing loadVariblesNum("some.txt",0);  the way I have it set up now is newDate = "8/16/04";  I would like something like newDate = date;  but it seems not to work.  Maybe I am doing something wrong So any help would be great.

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by:fixitben
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here is the website. it is the news thing on the left.

http://theyac.org/indexhigh.html

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Right Sorry
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What have you got in your text file?

I think it would need to be something like:

&date=8/16/04&info=this+is+a+test+news+entry
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in a flash doc I use this tect to load a external text or html doc.
myText is a new var crated at the start text_txt is the dynamic text box the file is loading into and main is  the initial varable that is loaded from the "data.txt" into the text_txt

myText = new LoadVars();
myText.load("data.txt");
myText.onLoad = function(success) {
      text_txt.html = true;
      text_txt.htmlText = myText.main;
//      trace(myText.main);
      text_txt.selectable = true;
};

the data.txt doc is formated like so
main=information
&variable2=more information

the first word in the doc is the first varaiable every one after that is followed by a & sign and then plain text. if you want it formated correctly I sugest changeing the txt doc to a html file then loading it
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by:fixitben
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ok here are the files I did a trace and it says undefined which means it isn't getting loaded so take a look and see what you think.  

http://theyac.org/news.zip

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I tried your code before and it didn't work, but then I tried it again because I knew that is what it was and it worked the second time go figure.

Thanks
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