Invisible text and loadMovie?

Posted on 2004-09-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I've created (with a little tutorial help : ) this nifty this CGI input form. It works great on it's own.
I'm having trouble when I load it into another movie. I can't see the input's invisible? The form can still be submitted and the info still gets sent? My fonts are embedded. Any ideas? Thanks.

var feedbackForm:LoadVars = new LoadVars();

function sendForm() {
      feedbackForm.recipient = "";
      feedbackForm.realname = contactForm.userName.text; = contactForm.userEmail.text;
      feedbackForm.comments = contactForm.userComments.text;
      feedbackForm.send("/cgi-bin/formmail", "_blank", "POST");
}"fontFamily", "Helvetica-Narrow");"fontWeight", "bold");"embedFonts", true);"fontSize", 14);"color", 0x000000);

this.contactForm.submitBtn.btnLabel.autoSize = "center";
this.contactForm.submitBtn.btnLabel.text = "submit";

// on RollOver
this.contactForm.submitBtn.onRollOver = function() {
      contactForm.submitBtn.gotoAndStop (2);

this.contactForm.submitBtn.onRollOut = function() {
      contactForm.submitBtn.gotoAndStop (1);

this.contactForm.submitBtn.onRelease = function() {
      if (contactForm.userName.text == "" || contactForm.userEmail.text == "" || contactForm.userComments.text == "") {
      } else {


Question by:dween
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blue-genie earned 125 total points
ID: 12109651
when things "break" because you load it into another movie, its usually a pathing problem as you're obviously changing the path.

whats the other movie you're loading it into? is your form in its own swf? how are you loading it?
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Expert Comment

ID: 12110177
Do try a highlight (i.e. selecting) the text that you have typed
If you see them, then it shouldn't be the embedded font problem

Is it because of these scripts pathing problem?"fontFamily", "Helvetica-Narrow");"fontWeight", "bold");"embedFonts", true);"fontSize", 14);"color", 0x000000);

Expert Comment

ID: 12114040
Hey, just a thought...the input fields you have there, are they the same color as your background?  because if they are that's why you can't see them.

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Author Comment

ID: 12116551

Actually...the colors being the same was the first thing I thought of. They're not the same...rats.

I tried highlighting (selecting) the text. It wont select. I removed all of the script and tried it again.
Essentially the same thing....just no style attributes.

I'm pretty sure blue-genie is on the right path (no pun intended ; )    So...

Yes, the contact form is in it's own swf

From the main timline of "master.swf":
myMCL.loadClip("slide.swf", 5);

Im loading "contact_form.swf" into clip2_mc in "slide.swf" using:

This is where the input text becomes invisible....

Expert Comment

ID: 12118645
hrm.. hard to guess.

could u verify that the 'input-text field' is visible, meaning stretched across the timeline likewise other components that are visible such as ur buttons etc.

also do a trace (<input_text_instance>.text) to see that the textfield object instance is there.


Author Comment

ID: 12119966
Ive got 2 input text fields, a textarea field and a  submit button across the timeline. They are all visible.
I'm new to Flash so I dont know exactly where to put (start) the trace?

Assisted Solution

fixitben earned 125 total points
ID: 12122450
HI  dween

1.  You Say that the info that is typed into the boxes is sent but just not seen.  So the info is being inputed right.

2.  If that is the case then Do you have any of these types of settings"fontFamily", "Helvetica-Narrow");"fontWeight", "bold");"embedFonts", true);"fontSize", 14);"color", 0x000000);

In any of your other Swfs such as the main or the slider.  

3.  You would place the trace in the time line of the form not the main or slider.  You could do it in the others but it would just be harder.

4.  Is there any way you might be able to post the Fla of the 3 file's?  


Assisted Solution

mrdilliard earned 125 total points
ID: 12127995
inside contact_form.swf, are you referring to _root?

If you say _root from inside a movie you load, your paths will be incorrect. Inside contact_form.swf, put this._lockroot = true; on the first frame of the root movie.

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DarkEntity earned 125 total points
ID: 12129317
this.contactForm.submitBtn.onRelease = function() {
     if (contactForm.userName.text == "" || contactForm.userEmail.text == "" || contactForm.userComments.text == "") {
     } else {
u can put the trace(contactForm.userName.text); here to see if there is any data. but upon 2nd read, i see that ur form gets sent. so that means there should be data, just that the visual eye cannot see it. another way to verify if ur text is being input, is to highlight it and hit <ctrl + c>, after u have typed it in... though we are quite certain here that the text is there, just invisible.

i'm guessing it could be to do with ur fonts, u claim u'r using embedded fonts. try using the fonts inbuilt in flash.

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