you are developing rich and interactive applications in flash, you need
to provide the best communication between the user and the application.
Flash has some very easy to implement UI components that you can use
with your applications. These components will save you from the hassle
of designing and programming the User Interface. In this tutorial I am
going to show you how to implement the radio button and the checkbox
component in your applications. It is important that you know a little
bit of ActionScript 3.0 before you begin this tutorial.
creating a new ActionScript 3.0 document in Flash. You can find the UI
components in the components window. Press ctrl+F7 to open the
components window and drag some radio buttons and checkboxes to stage.
I have dragged 3 of each to stage.
this point these are pretty generic components but you can see that
they are visually perfect, the only visual details that need to be
changed are the text. If you press ctrl+ENTER to test the movie at this
time you can click on these and see that they really work.
lets change some of the settings of these components. Select any of the
components and head over to the "Component Parameters" section in the
properties window. You can see some properties listed here. The
properties are pretty much self-explanatory but I will explain them just
in case. Lets go to the radio button's property first.
thing here is the "enabled" checkbox. This would enable or disable the
radio button to be selected. Group name sets the group that the radio
button belongs to. A user can select one option from one set of radio
buttons. The selected option specifies whether the button is initially
selected or not. The value field sets a value that the radio button
contains. So if a user selects this radio button then we can retrieve
its value with ActionScript. At last the visible property selects
whether the button is visible to the user or not. This property has some
pretty limited applications.
you head over to the checkbox component parameters you can see that all
the properties are same except the label placement. This property
selects the placement of label relative to the checkbox. Also note that
there is not group name here. That is because there are no groups in
checkboxes and each checkbox is independent.
have labeled all the checkboxes and radio buttons with some names of
foods. Now we examine the code that we need to process these components.
For the code to work with these components, they need to have some
variable names. I have given these the names of
radio1_mc,radio2_mc,radio3_mc,check1_mc,check2_mc & check3_mc. I
have also created a button that would be used to submit these values and
I have named it submit_btn.
Now create a new layer for actionscript and insert the following code in it.
trace("Radio button 1 is selected");
trace("Radio button 2 is selected");
trace("Radio button 3 is selected");
trace("Checkbox 1 is selected");
trace("Checkbox 2 is selected");
trace("Checkbox 3 is selected");
code is pretty simple but let me explain it to you. First I add and
event listener that handles the clicks on the submit button. In the
event handler I check the "selected" property of all the radio
buttons and checkboxes. If that is true then it means the radio button
or checkbox is selected and so I trace on to the output that the
radio button/checkbox is selected.
I hope you have learned how to
use these UI components. Use these components to make your applications
user friendly and save precious development time.