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How to use special characters

This is the solution for using different types of characters/languages in our products with embedded fonts. You will need Adobe Flash Professional to follow the instructions below.

If you don't have Adobe Flash Professional and if the component allows it, you can use non-embedded fonts and you don't need these instructions as they should work with any type of character. To use non-embedded fonts you have to change the value of embedFonts attribute to false in your settings.xml file (some products have multiple embedFonts attributes so make sure all of them are set to false).

 

Step 1:

Edit the images.xml file with a text editor (a regular editor would be Notepad++) and set the format of the XML file to UTF-8. In Notepad++, from the menu, Format -> Encode in UTF-8. Type your text in CDATA tags for each image (in your UTF-8 formatted language) and Save the file.

For the second step, there are two possibilities:
- if you’re using any font other than the one already embedded in the component (like Arial and/or Verdana - depending on each component), go for Step 2A
- if you’re using the already embedded font go for Step 2B

Step 2A:

In the FLA file create an empty text field on the Stage using Text Tool (put it anywhere just make sure it’s outside the viewable area). Click on (select) this newly created text field on the Stage and go to Properties panel (Ctrl+F3) and select a font which you know it contains all the special characters you need. Click Embedding and select (using Ctrl+Click) all the character types you need (note that each selection increases little by little the SWF size).

Step 2B:

Open the Library (Ctrl+L), right clik on an empty space on the Library, select New Font, write Arial or Verdana for Name and Font, check Export for ActionScript, then write Arial or Verdana (the same as before) for the Identifier. Click OK.

Note: for Step 2B you’ll have to know that if you’ll be using rare characters, like Cyrillic, you won’t be able to see them, and you’ll have to go for Step 2A and use other fonts than Arial or Verdana. For Latin characters for example it won’t be a problem.

Step 3 for components having the font customizable through XML:

Edit the settings.xml file, and put the name of your font as the value for fontFace (note that it could differ from one component to another), like this

<fontFace value="your_font" />

Step 3 for components having the font customizable through CSS:

Edit the style.css file and write the name of your font for the font-family (you might want to put it twice, for both head and body), like this:

font-family: your_font;

Comments

Victory

Posted 9 years ago

Hello,
I installed 3D Carousel Menu FX, change my encoding, but steel can“t see russian words.
Step 2A I can’t use.
Hope you will help!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Send to support[at]flashxml.net your archive and we will make the changes for you.

yanni

Posted 9 years ago

hi i purchased the blurfx menu ,followed the instructions for step 2a and b but i cant see the greek characters…
how should i write the tags in the xml?
thank u

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Send to support[at]flashxml.net the paid archive and we’ll make the changes for you.

Alexey

Posted 9 years ago

Sorry, but I think that you did not get what I asked!

Of course, I’ve read all the described steps and other people’s questions \ answers and looked through all the videos before I wrote my question.

Following the step 1 with unicode XML did not help, because the problem is definitely in embedded font. The thing is that in order to fulfil steps 2A or 2B I have: 1) to purchase control, THEN 2) to get FLA from you, THEN 3) to embed my fonts in it and to build SWF myself and to play around placing it in my HTML, right?

As I said previously, I want: 1) to play around free control in this and that way including trying different Russian fonts for toolbox in order to understand if it fits all my requirements, THEN 2) to decide if I purchase it or not. Moreover, I think about purchasing the membership, but not the separate controls, thus I do not want to waste even 12$ before I make my decision.

I would appreciate if you give me other suggestions how to proceed. Thanks!

Alexey

FlashXML Support

Hi,

We sent you a private email with the free version of Cover Flow that supports special characters.

Alexey

Posted 9 years ago

Hi!

I want to use your CoverFlow control in my web site, on pages with both English and Russian texts. And CoverFlow tooltip should also be able to display Russian labels. I’m not sure now, which font I’ll choose finally: either some standard (like Arial or Times New Roman) with Cyrillic letters or special decorative font I have, thus it would be great to get the control with several Cyrillic fonts embedded, so I could play around before I decide to purchase it from you. How is it possible to do?

Best regards,

Alexey

FlashXML Support

Hi,

You have the steps written above. Also, there is a video with the steps you’ll have to do.

aleister

Posted 9 years ago

After I modify the .fla file.. and export the movie… the flashxml logo come back and he config of the galery doesn’t work, and doesn’t work the accent …

could you help me???

Thanks!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

You have to download the component from our site again and replace your SWF with the new one. After that, to be able to add special characters you need to open holder/settings.xml and change the value of <embedFonts> attribute to false.

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