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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

Bela Magyar

Posted 9 years ago

Hi, same old story… I need special chars (Hungarian ??í) in Accordion and Caroussel components. I changed encoding to UTF-8 in xml files, but it works only if I did not embed the fonts. My client wants antialiased fonts, but as I see only embedded fonts are antialiased. I tried to edit FLA, but I could not open the file with my Flash 8. Can u help, please.
Thanks

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Please send your archives to support[at]flashxml.net and we’ll try to make the embedding for you.

Daniel

Posted 9 years ago

Hi,

i purchased banner rotator fx 2 hours ago – it´s great!!! But i have the same problem like lars with the german ÄäÖöÜüß what can i do?

Thx

Dani

FlashXML Support

Hi,

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

Yvonne Chilcott

Posted 9 years ago

Hi, I bought the commercial version of the banner. Please can you tell me how to display the text over the images. All I can see at the moment is two small squares, I guess where the text should be. The live link is http://www.andrewsmithjewellers.com/banner.html. Many thanks.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

I see that now you have text over the banner rotator.

Alex

Posted 9 years ago

Hi, I purchased Banner Rotator FX and tried to follow the instructions so I can use a different font for the heading. Am I supposed to edit banner.fla or banner_source.fla? I can’t open the banner_source.fla as it says unexpected file format (I’m running CS3). I added the text field, embedded the font for banner.fla. I tried changing the font-family style for head in the css and then tried adding the fontFace in the xml. So far I haven’t had any luck. Any suggestions?
thanks,
Alex

FlashXML Support

Hi,

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

lars

Posted 9 years ago

Hi,
I also purchased comercial version of 3d carousel menu. I tried to add German signs. I´ve tried with UTF-8 XML and Iso XML. But the special Characters like ‘ä,ö,ü,ß’ does not shown. I use only Arial or Verdana font. Please help me.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

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

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