Is your background white?
No the background is dark grey. I also realized that the target attribute is not allowed so now I just have
_root.pag.pages.page12.home.htmlText = "<font face='_sans' size='24' color='#FFFFFF'><b><a href='http://www.sspaintings.com'>Home</a></b></font>";
_root.pag.pages.page12.about.htmlText = "<font face=\"_sans\" size=\"24\" color=\"#FFFFFF\"><b><a href=\"http://www.sspaintings.com\">About</a></b></font>";
They are still not showing up.
But my goal is really to have the target path as an html tag is this even doable?
I would like for search engines to find the tags.
Both your earlier version and current version work fine for me as long as I set the option in the properties panel to Render Text as HTML. THe only thing I can imagine being off at this stage is the targeting of the textfields. What happens if you just use .text = .... instead of .htmlText = ....? If you still don't see anything, then chances are you have a problem in the targeting chain... _root.pag.pages.page12.
One thing I don't think works as you intend though... I don't think rendering the text as html is going to help in any sense of SEO. I don't know how far things have developed with Flash/SEO, but I don't think the tags are not readily visible to anything trying to read it interms of robots or spyders or whatever while its encased in a Flash file... it can't see the code.
Thanks so much for your insight. Your comment on labeling it text as opposed to htmlText was really good.
After I did that it still did not show. I used labels from other pages that were working and re-routed them to that page and it still did not do it.
I realized that I had created those text fields as a copy paste activity from Frontpage into Flash. (Not that I think it should matter) but that was the only difference when I created that page. The other thing was that the textfields were all grouped in a movie clip something I tried to undo and it did not work it would go back and regroup them into a movie clip. I also tried naming the instance of the movie clip and adding it to the path but to no avail.
So I just deleted that page and started from scratch with a page that already had fields in it and slowly changed everything to what I needed and it worked.
The path is the same except the textfields have been simplified. You can see it in www.sspaintings.com>about>sitemap.
(Sorry for the delay you hear in the music, there is a movieclip loading in the background which is doing this but I haven't fiugre out why)
_root.pag.pages.page12.tf_1.htmlText="<font face='_sans' size='11' color='#FFFFFF'><b><a href='http://www.sspaintings.com' target='_root.pag.pages.page1'>Home</a></b></font>";
_root.pag.pages.page12.tf_2.htmlText = "<font face='_sans' size='11' color='#FFFFFF'><b><a href='http://www.sspaintings.com' target='_root.pag.pages.page2'>About</a></b></font>";
Also as to you input on Flash/SEO, thanks, I suddenly realized again how closed flash is to search engines.
Thanks so much again for your thoughts.
PS: Can you tell me how to write the tag so that the page opens inside the window and doesn't open another window of the movie?
I'd have to look it up to be sure (not gonna), but I think if you don't specify any target it will open the new web page in the current browser window.
Thanks Ned. I did specify a target and still does open a new window. That's the only reason I asked because it seemed like AS1 needed something else. Thanks.