[thelist] Re: thelist Digest, Vol 6, Issue 38

Diane Soini dianesoini at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 16 09:20:52 CDT 2003

On Friday, August 15, 2003, at 05:59 PM, 
thelist-request at lists.evolt.org wrote:
> Flash MX didn=B9t like the _sans typeface. As soon as I changed it to
> something else (monaco) it worked fine.
> Ben
This comment reminded me of something. I have OSX and Flash MX and I 
started having problems with the _sans typeface. I started having 
trouble everywhere that _sans, sans-serif or Helvetica was being used, 
including Flash, Web sites, Apple Help and email. I searched for a long 
time before I learned I had to remove Helvetica fonts from my fonts 
folder. You may be starting to experience this problem as well. Thought 
you might like to know.

> I want to create SWF for my website, but I don't own Flash. Are there
> books out there that tell how to code from scratch? Other (free) tools
> that will allow me to do the same thing? Linux possibly, but not 
> required?

Flash is proprietary and binary and there is no way to create it 
without the Flash application. There are other apps that make flash, 
but you cannot code it by hand. Macromedia is working on a new Flash 
application tool that will create Flash with XML-style syntax. I saw a 
demo at the JavaOne convention. It is not out yet, and they had no 
information about how that XML-style syntax would be created. There may 
be a demo on their web site, but I can't recall what the code name for 
this new product was.

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