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Using html links in flex with xml data

So I'm not sure why this took me so long to figure out since it's actually quite simple...

I have a flex application that is pulling all its data from an xml file. I wanted to add links to certain pieces of text. I finally figured out a way to make it work... if this is the best way or not, I do not know, but it works! (This is why I'm not a programmer... haha).

Use a combination of xml file with node wrapped in the ![CDATA[ tag, Text component, and the htmlText property.

Example:

MXML snip:


<mx:HTTPService
id="contentService"
url="assets/xml/content.xml"
resultFormat="e4x"
result="contentResultHandler(event)"
fault="contentFaultHandler(event)"/ >

ActionScript:
iText = new Text();
iText.htmlText = xmlListColl.getItemAt(n).writeup;

XML snip:

<section>
<title>my writeup </title >
<writeup>
<![CDATA[Here is a <font style="color:'#0000FF';"> <a href="'http://www.mylinkaddress.…

the almighty Google looses a round?

Over the past month or so I have been working with an IA and some developers to create a proof of concept desktop widget. After the IA did some research and we decided on some wireframes, I did the visual and interaction design, sent the developers my mock ups and assets and let them go. The point of the exercise was to mainly get a sales tool, but also to discover the limitations between platforms.

The three that have been created so far have been a Google Gadget, a Yahoo Widget, and an Adobe Air application. According to the developer working on the Google Gadget it is a nightmare. It came out looking the least like my mock ups that's for sure. The Yahoo one looks pretty nice, but it doesn't do any of the cool transitions and stuff I asked for. The Air, well, I guess I'm an Adobe lover anyway, but it came out the best by far. I think that maybe what we were trying to create may have been a bit beyond Google and even Yahoo’s capabilities.

I wish I could show you, but yeah…