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Chapter 27. Communicating with the Host ... > Using Flash Actions to Communicate w...

Using Flash Actions to Communicate with the Host Application

The first and most important question to ask is why you want Flash to communicate with another application—in this case, the browser. The answer is that if you can talk to the browser and the scripting languages supported by the browser, you can start to do some very cool things. For example, you can open and close additional windows and control the appearance of those windows. You can also set client-side cookies—in other words, you can store information on your user’s computer to help you remember them and then personalize your site for them. If you can talk to the browser, then you also have access to any JavaScript or VBScript functions on that page.

You can use three Flash actions to communicate with whatever application your Flash movie is embedded in. In fact, these actions work only in conjunction with an outside application:


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