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;


Daniel V

Posted 9 years ago

I would ask you for some help with a special character for the Croatian language (latin) w C C. I have the commercial license.

I tried step 2a and 2b, but without success. After step 2a “Character Embedding”, letters (special characters) are still missing.

Step 2b can not do because I get an error “This feature is not supported by FlashPlayer 8, ActionScript 2.0. To use this feature, you must target Flash Player 9, ActionScript 3.0.” Once you make publish settings Flash Player 9, ActionScript 3.0 banner does not work anymore.

I don’t know what more to try and do.

Please help



Posted 9 years ago

pls for calendar i want the month name and the days of the week in Greece language.Any idea?

FlashXML Support


Please go to this link and follow the steps from the tutorial.


Posted 9 years ago

Hello, I intalled the Image scroller and I am trying to show in a Joomla Module, how can I show the gallery? if I do with the wrapped module, not embebed my gallery

FlashXML Support


What exactly are you trying to do because I didn’t understand you exactly. I checked your website and you have the Image Scroller displayed on your website. Isn’t that what you wanted?

Aleks Bochniak

Posted 9 years ago

Hi FXSupport,

I’ve followed the instructions on youtube. I can embed the font successfully, but on the frontend no text displays. Even in English or Greek.

FlashXML Support


Change the value of embedFont attribute to false in your settings.xml file.

Aleks Bochniak

Posted 9 years ago

Hi FXSupport,

Tried all of that, and still don’t know what is happening. SWF is being exported with the embedded font, but text is not being displayed.

FlashXML Support


You can follow the videos that explains these steps on our Youtube channel.

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