I have devised a Flash interface that loads the XML and
allows you to define filter settings, then display a summary of the
results - I have tested it on files of 5MB with the same XML
tag-structure, and it works.
Can anybody tell me, is there a limit to the amount of XML
data the Flash Player is capable of loading?... or is the limit
dependent only on the RAM in the user's computer?
Flash is CPU (processor) intensive so it depends on the
client machine. Be careful perhaps your machine is above the
average processing ability of your target user machines.
Since XML usually requires loops for parsing, you will find
loops are CPU intensive so design code to minimize loops.
Perhaps the Flash 9 player and AS 3 might provide better
processing of XML so you might pursue that if the project has a
future delivery. If that route seems better then know Flash 9
player is above 50% penetration so that means right now about 1/2
of a general target audience would be prompted to upgrade their
This project is not actually for online use -it's only likely
to be used on two or three different machines, with the XML file
I used Flash to create a visual interface allowing the user
to add filters simply because that's what I'm most capable with as
a developer. I have now received a few suggestions including
importing the XML into Access.