not actually "seeing" your problem makes it a little hard to really understand it, and I cannot really offer good advice, only my experince with html text-field in flash and the support of css they offer - which is not too goo to say the least. I gave up on something similar, as an image was jumping around when i scrolled/moved the clip the textfield was contained in.
If it is possible, the best solution might be to parse the html and display the images in separate containers.
Thanks so much for getting back to me, sadly i am learning quite how bad css support within flash is, not only does it not support very few options but the ones it does support don't seem to work properly which is infuriating for something as advanced as flash. Unfortunately I cannot display the images in separate containers, the whole point of the system i'm building is that you can use text editors to add/change text on a page (and add links/images etc) as relevant. I can deal with not being able to have any complicated layouts (well i now accept this is never gonna happen at least!) however I really need to be able to allow images to be put in the textfield without it screwing up anything that has css applied to it. If i remove the external stylesheet then these problems are solved, so i'm wondering if there's a different way of changing the link hover effect other than an external stylesheet. All I need to do is make a normal link not underlined and underline it on hover in some other way, then i can do away with the stylesheet completely. If you (or anyone else) knows a way of doing this then i would be immensely grateful.
Thanks so much for your help, this is driving me nuts!