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satyanaas
03-10-2003, 08:29 PM
I'm using XML to drive a dynamic flash site and I want to do some text formating with CSS. anybody have some info on formatting XML with CSS as well as the limitations when outpulled as dynamix text in a Flash interface? Thanks.

brothercake
03-10-2003, 09:45 PM
W3Schools has an example of formatting XML with CSS at http://www.w3schools.com/xml/xml_display.asp

It's pretty much as you'd expect, except that no display properties are implicit, as they are with HTML. eg with this:

<something>Here is some text</something>

You can go:

something {

display:block;
color:#000066;
background-color:#ededed;
}

and so on.


But the limitations are that CSS has little in the way of processing power, and what it does have is not well supported cross browser; you will very likely find that you want to do node manipulation, computation, sorting and such like; you may want to replace instances of one node with larger chunks of code - embeds, bits of javascript, lists and tables. CSS isn't up to the job, because that isn't what it was designed for.

What you want is XSL - http://www.w3schools.com/xsl/default.asp :)

satyanaas
03-10-2003, 09:48 PM
Good info. Thanks, bruthacake. :thumbsup:

brothercake
03-10-2003, 09:52 PM
Wow - you replied before I'd finished editing mine :p



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