15 Replies Latest reply on Feb 1, 2007 12:13 PM by kglad

    embedFonts woes

    aniebel Level 2
      Sorry, I posted this on the tail end of another topic but was worried it wouldn't get looked at because it was marked as answered.

      I have had this problem in the past and just gotten around it by manually drawing a dynamic text field and embedding fonts in it. Now I need to use differend styles that are assigned in loaded text. But I can't even get this simple test working. Can anyone please tell me what i'm doing wrong? If I comment out the embedFonts line, the text shows but in a default font. Otherwise, I only get a blank text field.

      Just so you know, I've added 3 fonts to my library and named the linkage IDs: "bodyID", italicID" and "headerID". The font type and sizes all match what I've specified in my CSS styles.
        • 1. Re: embedFonts woes
          kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP
          you're assigning your style sheet to your textfield before your style sheet is defined. and you're not assigning a style to your text.

          correct those problems and see if everything works.
          • 2. Re: embedFonts woes
            aniebel Level 2
            Not sure what you mean by assigning a style to the text. How is that different than assigning a style sheet to the instance name of the text box? I've tried assigning a text format to it if that's what you mean.

            I have to say that this whole process is very hard to understand. I "get" that you have to do one thing before doing another but it seems that if you set up a style sheet and assigned that to something, it would inherit those properties. I really would love to understand this text field bit more.

            This is not working yet.
            • 3. Re: embedFonts woes
              MotionMaker Level 1
              Mixing TextField.Stylesheet and TextFormat may be the issue. The runtime embedFonts property requires the font from a TextFormat object and not from a style sheet.

              To get the embedFont from a StyleSheet you need to create the TextField at design time with the Font embedded from the properties window.

              If you want a dynamic environment you can create a swf with a MovieClip containing one or more dynamic TextFields with embedded fonts done in design time. Then on the main timeline at 0,0 you need the dynamic TextField with an instance name you will use in coding. Then you can use MovieClip.loadMovie or more likely MovieClipLoader to load in the swf and apply your style sheet to the TextField on the main timeline.

              A general principle is that the font must be embedded when you publish and cannot be embedded at runtime.
              • 4. Re: embedFonts woes
                aniebel Level 2
                Thanks! I only added that last bit with the text format this last round of changes as a last resort. I had, in the past (as the first post indicates) manually created my dynamic text field at authoring but then was stuck with whatever font was embedded in that field. My issue is that I want to use one dynamic text field which utilizes CSS (imported or not) to format various elements individually within one text field. These elements match up to XML attribute names.. ie: bodyID, headerID, italicID.

                I have even created dynamic text fields off stage with all the fonts I need embedded into those. In addition, I've added the fonts to the library and set the linkage up to match the CSS style font name AND the xml attribute name. This still does not work.

                I can use the movieclip method you mentioned but I don't want several fields for each different embedded font. Isn't there a way to do what I want? I hope this makes sense.
                • 5. Re: embedFonts woes
                  aniebel Level 2
                  P.S. I read in the Help that a font will have an asterisk next to it in the font list (Properties panel) if it has been embedded. Now, I've embedded these fonts in the library and in the dynamic text boxes off stage (by using embed in the Properties panel) and I still see no asterisk. Could this be part of the problem? How does one check to see if it's, in fact, been embedded?
                  • 6. Re: embedFonts woes
                    MotionMaker Level 1
                    I do not think you can have multiple embedded fonts in the same TextField.

                    You need to plan your page layout with multiple TextFields say one for header, one for subtitle, one for body.
                    • 7. Re: embedFonts woes
                      aniebel Level 2
                      awwww, SNAP!

                      :)

                      wow, I was sure there was a way to set a text field to do this. What's the point of a style sheet if you can't apply it to text that way? Weird.

                      Thanks for you input and help!
                      • 8. Re: embedFonts woes
                        MotionMaker Level 1
                        You can apply the styles, but I believe the issue of embedding a mix of font family glyphs into a single TextField is not implemented for the itty bitty Flash player.

                        What needs to happen for embedded fonts is at publish time they need to be in the Flash movie or one that is loaded. Then each TextField can only have one embedded font assigned as you see it being done in design mode.

                        With a style sheet you can specify one or more fonts to a style id and it works like an HTML style or stylesheet.
                        • 9. Re: embedFonts woes
                          aniebel Level 2
                          Ok, let's say I have this dynamic text field with nothing embedded in it BUT... I've got 3 other text fields with the 3 fonts in question that are embedded in them (or I've added them to the library... or both). Now, the SWF should contain those fonts, right?

                          What do I need to do then to get these styles to show up in the original dynamic text box? What I've done is set the XML attribute to match the style name and the linkage name of the font in the library. I'm still getting default font.

                          Thanks for your time. I just don't know how to fix this.
                          • 10. Re: embedFonts woes
                            kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP
                            you can have multiple fonts in one textfield.

                            and amy, to assign your one of your styles to your text you should have something like:

                            • 11. Re: embedFonts woes
                              MotionMaker Level 1
                              kglad ,
                              The question I believe she was looking to answer is to have more than one embedded font referenced in a single TextField using stylesheets.

                              vDynamic_txt.htmlText = "<p class='headerID'>This is heading</p><p class='subHeaderID'>This is a subheading</p>";

                              And both headerID and subHeaderID refer to two different embedded font families.

                              • 12. Re: embedFonts woes
                                aniebel Level 2
                                Thanks, kglad. I tried what you recommended and it "sort of" worked for a second but then stopped. FYI nothing shows up in the box when I use the htmlText property of the text box. I've included an FLA if you want to download it and look at it. Obviously, you'd have to replace the fonts with some you have on your system.

                                formatText.fla
                                • 13. Re: embedFonts woes
                                  kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP
                                  here's your corrected file. i changed the fonts and style colors so it's obvious you're seeing the different styles and fonts applied to the same textfield.

                                  i also used more common fonts that look significantly different from each other because i wasn't sure i had the fonts you were using and i couldn't tell what fonts they were. i used library font names that are the same as the system names so you can determine if you have those fonts on your system and if not, change them.

                                  http://www.gladstien.com/Files/formatText.fla
                                  • 14. Re: embedFonts woes
                                    aniebel Level 2
                                    That's great! I was sure I tried that exact combination of syntax but apparently I had not. Thanks again!

                                    • 15. Re: embedFonts woes
                                      kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP
                                      you're welcome.

                                      i noticed a few problems with your code. one you had used

                                      vDynamic_txt.htmlText="..." // and that won't work

                                      and you had no linkage id for, i think, italicID.

                                      and then there was the more significant problem that i think is perpetuated in the flash help docs and tricked me (again) when i posted my above message with the setting of text styles using class='headerID' etc.

                                      i'd forgotten that i worked my way past that problem long ago using the tags that you showed above. and those tags are the key to setting different styles in one textfield using stylesheets.

                                      i've even used stylesheets to tween the text properties of textfields in one project i did for a client.