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Basic Publishing

Flash's Publish feature makes the process of preparing a 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 really is both simple and quick. Basically, you just select File, Publish. Publish will not only export a .swf, but it will also create the HTML file that's necessary.

HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. An HTML file is 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 in it describes how the web page should display. The reason HTML is 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, to upload a web page, you don'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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