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How do I create a text link to call audio files listed from my server to play via flash?

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You can view the source code at the attached link. I have an audio speaker icon that plays audio through flash that calls upon an audio file that I have on a server already. The flash file works fine, but what I need now is a text link to be placed under "link to this page" that will have the same effect as if the user were to click on the flash speaker. Here's the deal though: the link needs to be a text link and not a flash link. Is this possible to do, and if so, how?

Any and every bit of help is appreciated. If you need further clarification, please ask. Thanks!
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by:Ray Paseur
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I went to this page:

http://www.investorwords.com/cgi-bin/getword_s.cgi?id=79

and could not find any audio speaker icon, however that was because the web site did not detect that my browser has the plug-in installed.  IE6 SP2.

You SHOULD be able to use something like the code snippet, but it seems to not respond.  What does the php script do in that link?  Why would it not work standalone?

Standing by, ~Ray
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Ahh, I think I found the hidden file at last:

http://www.investorwords.com/audio/79.mp3

If you wanted to get fancy, you could wrap this with a JS window.open to make the target window small.

Best regards, ~Ray


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by:Igiwwa
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Thanks for the replies! Let me try and re-phrase the detail:
 When you click on the player, its playing without opening a new window/pop-up because it plays as a flash swf file or element.
So we need to have the same function from the flash speaker element but for a text link.Ex: when a user clicks on a text link like "Hear this term," it should just do what the speaker is currently doing: play the file in the same window without any popups or new browsers or tabs or anything. It needs to be on the same page without anything that would disrupt that the user or alter his/her concentration.

Again, we appreciate the help! And 500 points to the best answer!
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Tell me why you need a text link? There may be more than one way to skin this cat.
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We need a text link so it stays true to the rest of the format on the page. Technically, we could do flash but honestly, we know some html and js. We are not as familiar with flash we just outsourced that part. If there is no other way, then it can be a flash element that still looks like a html or text link...
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Have you tried making a text link load the audio mp3 file into an IFRAME?
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We ended up making it a flash file... unfortunately, we didn't want to make the link open in an iframe because we only wanted it to be text. This way however, it works okay and gets the job done, even if it isn't what we were hoping for. Thanks anyways for your full genuine attempts!
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we wanted a text link to pull up an audio file without any popups. we realized that it would make more sense to just use a flash player because that worked better than trying to make html pull audio.
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