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Chapter 5. Syntax and Language Fundamentals > About dot syntax and target paths

About dot syntax and target paths

In ActionScript, you use a dot (.) operator (dot syntax) to access properties or methods that belong to an object or instance on the Stage. You also use the dot operator to identify the target path to an instance (such as a movie clip), variable, function, or object.

A dot syntax expression begins with the name of the object or movie clip, followed by a dot, and it ends with the element you want to specify. The following sections demonstrate how to write dot syntax expressions.


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