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Part VII: Using Advanced Lingo > SHOCKWAVE AND INTERNET ACCESS

Chapter 22. SHOCKWAVE AND INTERNET ACCESS

IN THIS CHAPTER

Controlling the Web Browser with Lingo

Getting Text over the Internet

Sending Text

Working with Browsers

Using Shockwave Preference Files (Cookies)

Controlling Streaming Media

Source movies for this chapter can be found on the CD-ROM in the “Book Movies” folder under folder 22.

When Shockwave was introduced in 1995, it was simply a plug-in for Netscape Navigator that enabled the browser to play compressed Director movies. Since then, the term “Shockwave” has grown to encompass just about anything that has to do with both Director and the Internet.

At the same time, Director has grown to incorporate all aspects of Shockwave into the authoring environment and projectors. Early on, only movies running under a Web browser had capabilities such as accessing Internet information or controlling browser locations. Now, anything made with Director can do this.

This means that all Shockwave commands work while you are authoring in Director and in projectors. In cases where commands are supposed to control the Web browser, a projector even launches the user's default Web browser automatically.

Shockwave Lingo can be divided into many parts. There is Lingo for controlling the Web browser, getting and sending information over the Internet, saving preference files, and streaming in media over the Internet. There is also Lingo for communicating directly with the server and other Shockwave clients, something that we will deal with in Chapter 38, “Creating Multiuser Applications.”


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