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Basic Publishing

Flash's Publish feature makes the process of preparing your movie for the Web a snap. I know I've said that a lot of tasks you perform in Flash are simple, but publishing in Flash is both simple and quick. Basically, you select Publish from the File menu! Publish will not only export a .swf, but it will also create the HTML file that's necessary.

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It's a text file that uses special code to describe how a Web page is to be displayed. A user's browser program will first download the HTML and the code included will determine how the Web page is displayed. The reason it's important is that every Web page that you visit is really an HTML file that describes what is to be included in the page layout. Therefore, you can't just upload a Flash .swf. You upload an HTML file (with an embedded .swf) and that is what the user visits.



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