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Using text in AS3 to gotoAndPlay a frame label

Posted on 2011-03-22
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Hello, I'm working in Adobe Flash CS5/AS3 for the Mac.  I was wondering how I can use TLF or dynamic text to "gotoAndPlay" a frame label in my document.  There is an option to specify a link URL under the "Link" field, however, I need the text to jump to a frame label when it is clicked on, NOT open up a URL.

This text is also located within a movieclip that is already on the main timeline.  It would need to communicate with the main timeline and jump to a frame label on there.

I've worked around this before by creating buttons that jump to a different frame when they are clicked on, but I figured there's got to be an easier way to do this via text.

Thanks in advance.
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I noticed that the 2 links you posted are in reference to navigating to other html web pages.  I need to navigate to a "frame label" in my document on the main timeline from the inside of a movieclip.  Is it possible to do this?
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I posted the links to show you how TextEvent works. Now in the event handler function user your script instead of navigateToURL.

Use gotoAndPlay("labelName");

Warm Regards
Deepanjan Das
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by:DEPAdmin
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I'm completely lost (I guess I should have mentioned I'm relatively new to programming lol).  I honestly don't understand the difference between public and private class, and I get the Syntax Error "package is unexpected."

Here's a break down of what I am trying to do.

- I have a text field on the stage already (not sure if it should be dynamic, or TLF text) with the instance name of "section1_txt", and the text on the stage reads "Section 1."
- When this text field is clicked on, I want it to gotoAndPlay the frame label named "s1summary" on the timeline.

Seems easy enough, but I wasn't sure if this was possible, or if I need to create a button instead to do what I need it to do.
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by:deepanjandas
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Hope this helps :)
import flash.events.TextEvent;

field.htmlText="This is a test.";
field.addEventListener(TextEvent.LINK,clickin);

function clickin(evt:TextEvent):void
{
    trace(evt.text);
    gotoAndPlay("labelName");
}

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Warm Regards
Deepanjan Das
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by:DEPAdmin
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I did try your code and it does place "This is a test" on the stage, however, it does not do anything when you try to click on it.

I was supposed to replace "field" with "section1_txt" correct?

Also, what kind of text should it be (TLF, dynamic, static, etc.)?

Thanks.
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by:DEPAdmin
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I played around with the code and got the following to work (when the user clicks on "Section 1" it takes them to the frame label "s1summary"...I changed it to a MouseEvent and it appears to work):
import flash.events.TextEvent;

section1_txt.htmlText="Section 1";
section1_txt.addEventListener(MouseEvent.CLICK,clickin);

function clickin(event:MouseEvent):void
{
    gotoAndPlay("s1summary");
}

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deepanjandas earned 500 total points
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What you did is made the whole text clickable.
TextEvent goes with when a word in the whole sentence needs to be only linked.

Like this:
import flash.events.TextEvent;

field.htmlText="This is a test <a href='event:labelName'>link</a>.";
field.addEventListener(TextEvent.LINK,clickin);

function clickin(evt:TextEvent):void
{
    trace(evt.text);
    gotoAndPlay(evt.text);
}

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Warm Regards
Deepanjan Das
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by:DEPAdmin
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Ah OK, I get it now.  I tried out your code and that does work also.

Thanks for your help :)
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