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Chapter 15. Menu Systems > Creating a Window-Based Menu System

Creating a Window-Based Menu System

When you have limited space, and you want to provide data-driven content, the window-based menu system depicted in Figure 15.5 is one way to go. The window-based menu system makes use of a significant amount of ActionScript, unlike the pop-up menu that you already examined. This provides a great deal of flexibility for the system. The menu system features a collapsible, data-driven menu, along with closeable data-driven content windows. Not only can you maximize and minimize the menu, but also you can move it around on the screen. The menu items are generated dynamically, every time the movie is loaded, so you just have to change a few variable values to add new items to the menu. The menu items cause windows to pop up, complete with dynamic data inside. These pop-up windows can be closed, thus providing even more available space when it might be needed.

Figure 15.5. The window-based menu system makes excellent use of limited space, while providing a data-driven solution for navigation through your content.



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