ActionScript syntax: rollOver, rollOut to change text color of dynamic tb in xml-fed menu mc

Hi there experts, I have a simple menu that refers to a simple xml file and drops a simple movie clip (containing a pretty rectangle and a dynamic textbox) for each xml element in my file. I would like to simply change the color of text on rollover and then back again when rolling out. Below, I tried the Baroque little comment there, and also one more like my item.onRelease down there. It hasn't been so simple. It isn't a button, and if I change it to a button, it doesn't populate the field. There is nothing on the stage, but only in the library. The instances at runtime are sequentially numbered: "itemClip1, itemClip2, etc." So I think this is something simple that I've missed. Let me know if you have any questions about my explanation, too. I've tried various permutations of differently scoped stuff. Thanks!

PS I put "moderately diificult", though it's not so much--and this is just because I would very much appreciate a brief explanation of the answer so I might learn the why of it...


menuXml = new XML();
menuXml.ignoreWhite = true;
menuXml.onLoad = function() {
      menuItem = this.firstChild.childNodes;
      for (var i = 0; i<menuItem.length; i++) {
            item = _root.attachMovie("itemClip", "itemClip"+i, i);
            item._x = 0;
            item._y = 18*i;
            item.itemLabel.text = menuItem[i].attributes.name;
            item.itemLabel2.text = menuItem[i].attributes.name;
            item.myUrl = menuItem[i].attributes.url;
            item.onRelease = function() {
                  getURL(this.myUrl, "_top");
            };
            //_level0.itemClip.item.onRollOver = function() {
                  //trace("yo, mc rollin' over here."); //oh no it's not :)
            };
      }
};
AbbadonaAsked:
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madgettConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You need to set up a TextFormat object on the TextField(s):

menuXml = new XML();
menuXml.ignoreWhite = true;
menuXml.onLoad = function() {
      menuItem = this.firstChild.childNodes;
      for (var i = 0; i<menuItem.length; i++) {
            item = _root.attachMovie("itemClip", "itemClip"+i, i);
            item._x = 0;
            item._y = 18*i;
            item.itemLabel.text = menuItem[i].attributes.name;
            item.itemLabel2.text = menuItem[i].attributes.name;
            item.myUrl = menuItem[i].attributes.url;
            item.onRelease = function() {
                  getURL(this.myUrl, "_top");
            };
            var tf:TextFormat = new TextFormat();
            tf.color = 0xFF0000;
            item.itemLabel.setTextFormat(tf);
            item.onRollOver = function() {
                  var gtf:TextFormat = this.itemLabel.getTextFormat();
                  gtf.color = 0xFFFFFF;
                  this.itemLabel.setTextFormat(gtf);
            }
            item.onRollOut = function() {
                  var gtf:TextFormat = this.itemLabel.getTextFormat();
                  gtf.color = 0xFF0000;
                  this.itemLabel.setTextFormat(gtf);
            }
      }
};
ran = random(1000000);
menuXml.load("navigation.xml");
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MontoyaProcess Improvement MgrCommented:
Hey there. Do you think you could upload the file? It is so much easier that way. (pls include a sample xml as well).

Now, in the meantime, here is my quick thought.

Why not use the for() loop to add the names to an array. Then, use the items inside the array to apply your rollovers. Afterall, your "items" will be something like itemClip[i].onRollOver=function(){ ... and so on. Or, itemClip[i].item.onRollOver. Again, this would be easier if we could just work on the file. (at least for me, as it saves time)

Regards,

Montoya
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AbbadonaAuthor Commented:
Hi there, I use an ASP page, so I made this version with a plain XML file. The output validates the same though, and doesn't affect the task at hand. So you'll see in there that it's red text on a gray field. I might like to add a small movieclip or something later on, but for now, I am just trying to rollover the text and have the text turn white, then back to red on rollout. I'd like to do it in AS if possible, rather than adding a hidden button or something that might make a fatter file or more difficult maintenance. Thank you for your reply Youaremontoya, here's the file:

http://tinyurl.com/jv95u

I will try some of the stuff you've mentioned in the meantime, and see if I can get anything to stick. (After lunch!)

See you, --A
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AbbadonaAuthor Commented:
Oh that works well--thank you. I'll read up on that object. That's something wouldn't have guessed. Thanks, IamM.! --A
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AbbadonaAuthor Commented:
I mean Madgett! Sorry. thank you very much. --A
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