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16.8. Defining Components

A component is a movie clip that allows some of its properties to be assigned through a special graphical user interface in the Flash authoring tool. Components allow nonprogrammers to customize programmatically-controlled movie clips. Components separate the behavior-determining variables from the code of a clip, which lets people treat them as "black boxes"—their operation can remain mysterious as long as their inputs, outputs, and behavior are known.

Components are Flash MX's new and improved version of Flash 5's Smart Clips.



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