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Lesson 9. Setting Text Dynamically > Preparing Dynamic Text Fields

Preparing Dynamic Text Fields

Working with dynamic text is rewarding because it is both powerful and easy. The main thing to keep in mind is that a single text field is a container that can hold many different actual text strings. When you build dynamic text fields, you should have in mind the nature of the different strings. Are they body text? Headlines? Short, long, or mixed?

The reason that you need to ask these questions is that you have to format the text field as soon as you create it. All of the strings put in it will inherit that formatting. While there is some flexibility, as you will see, there isn't much of it. If the text field uses Arial size 10, all of the text dynamically added to the text field will also be displayed in Arial size 10. Beyond that limitation, actually creating dynamic text is pretty easy.


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