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Chapter 16. Components > What Is a Component?

What Is a Component?

Even though components were introduced in Flash MX, the idea behind them started back in Flash 5 with smart clips.

Smart clips were the original components—a reuseable movie clip that needed only a few parameters set for anyone to customize and use, or such was the plan. In reality, smart clips were not only difficult to use, but were hardly scalable at all. Each time a component needed to be used in a different situation, the designer or developer using them would have to actually go into the code to tweak it slightly so that the smart clip would work. Not only that, but they were tremendous in file size compared to what they were capable of doing.


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