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May 9, 2007
The gotoAndPlay function allows you to jump to a scene/frame in your Flash movie. You can use gotoAndPlay(scene, frame) or _movieClip.gotoAndPlay(frame). If you are using the latter and your movie has multiple scenes, the frame number should be the global frame number. For example, if you have two scenes and the first scene has 5 frames and you want to jump to the second scene, you would use _movieClip.gotoAndPlay(6).

Using the gotoAndPlay(scene, frame) function can be kind of wonky. Instead of using the scene name you should create a frame label of where you want to jump to and use the frame label name. Using a frame label simply means to name a frame.
May 7, 2007
When you are importing dynamic text from an XML document you can sometimes encounter special characters such as the copyright, trademark and registered trademark symbols. These characters do not import well in Flash. They will appear as rectangular blocks. To solve this problem, you need to convert your text to unicode using the notation \uXXXX. I have yet to find an easy way to do this so another solution is to change the codepage for the system. Here is Adobe's explanation of this:

Change the codepage for the system

To enter non system codepage based text, the user needs to change which input language should be used. This usually requires that the user install the various languages and fonts ahead of time before this mechanism can be used. In addition, the user needs to choose the target system default language / regional encoding during authoring.

Add the following line of code to your Flash file:

System.useCodepage=true;
May 19, 2006
I've recently noticed that blog sites and other similar types of sites give their users a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor to allow them to easily enter content into their blogs. I thought it was a good way to allow people who don't know and don't want to know HTML to be able to create content on web sites. So, I wanted to update my Content Management System (Content ManagerTM) to have this feature.

I started to work on this but after a half hour I could tell that this was going to take awhile to do. So I decided to ask my co-worker if he knew of anything that was free out there on the web and he pointed me towards something called Tiny MCE. I installed Tiny MCE and it seems pretty good. If you know HTML you might find that it gets in the way but if you're installing it for people who don't know HTML they'll probably be pretty happy with it. When you cut and paste from Word it will actually paste all the formatting. This may sound like a good thing but being someone who likes neat HTML code, I cringe when looking at bloated MS-Word HTML.

There are other free WYSIWYG editors out there but I found that this one was good enough for me. It's customizable, has good documentation and also has community support including user created plugins.
May 16, 2006
If your computer has enough CPU power you can send video out to your TV while still working on it. You will also need an s-video out or a second video out of some sort that will connect to your TV. For Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Display > Settings.

- Click on the 2nd display.
- Check off the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor check box.

Now just drag your video player onto the second display.
May 5, 2006
Firefox comes with a list of search engines to choose from in its search dropdown. If you don't want certain ones listed, you can remove them with the SearchPluginsHack extension.
May 4, 2006
What is XHTML? XHTML is the new standard for coding web pages. To put it simply, XHTML is a hybrid of XML and HTML. XML stands for Extensible Markup Language and is similar to HTML, both of switch are derived from SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language). The difference between XML and HTML is that XML is more strict in its syntax and it mostly contains structured data information as opposed to HTML which also contains code for creating the layout of a web page.
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May 2, 2006
Latest version of Internet Explorer uses MSN as the default search engine.

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What a hypocrite Google is. It even says in the article that Google is the default search engine for Firefox. Internet searching is related to browsers. Microsoft has a right to put whatever search engine they want as the default or even exclude Google from their list if they wanted to. I hate Microsoft as much as the next person but these sort of complaints makes Google seem pretty petty.

Edit:
Maybe this has something to do with Google hating Microsoft.
May 2, 2006
Lines between professional and home lives start to blur.

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I wish I was at home right now but I'm not. You do the math. As a web developer, my case is different though. Even when I'm using the Internet for fun I'm using it for work. Using the Internet helps me come up with different ideas for my work and it lets me see what others are doing. If I were a boss hiring a web developer/designer one of my questions would be how often do you surf the web? How can you be a good web developer/designer if you know very little about your product?

As for other people surfing the web at work, I don't have a problem with it as long as it doesn't interfere with their work.
April 25, 2006
'Explorer Destroyer' movement takes aim at Microsoft's browser. more >

Hahahahahahahaha... too funny.
April 24, 2006
What is a codec? Codecs usually refer to video encoders/decoders. Most video and audio files are compressed in some way in order to save space because the raw files are just too big.

There are many video codecs, mpeg-1, mpeg-2, mpeg-4, divx, xvid and many others. Codecs should not be confused with containers. The mpeg series of codecs should not be confused with the Mpeg container. The Mpeg container (.mpg) can contain mpeg-1 and mpeg-2 video formats. Containers include things like QuickTime (.mov), Windows Media (.wmv), Real Media Video (.rmv), Mpeg (.mpg), audio Video Interleave (.avi), etc. These containers can use different codecs.

I've found two codec packages that deal with most of these formats, Codec All In 1 and K-Lite Codec Pack. Codec All In One tends to copy over the codecs you already have. This may cause some problems with your system. The nice thing about K-Lite Codec Pack is that it asks you if you want to uninstall previously installed codecs before it installs it's own version. For that reason I prefer the K-Lite Code Pack.
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