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Chapter 5. Working with Text > Working with Text

Working with Text

Macromedia Flash MX offers a tremendous range of options for manipulating text—from simple static text to highly stylized and animated text. Text can even be pulled in dynamically from external sources at runtime. To make the most of Flash MX’s robust text capabilities, you need a firm grasp of how Flash handles text, as well as some of its quirks.

All text displayed on computers is displayed in pixels. How’s that, you ask, especially as this book has emphasized Flash’s native vector format? Well, computer screens display pixels, period, independently of any application’s native format. That’s right, chunky squares containing color information. This shape is especially unfortunate for displaying letters. Most letters are not blocky but are instead composed of graceful curves. But the only way computers can transmit the letterforms is to convert curves into pixels, and much is lost in that translation.


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