Archive for August, 2011

Flex : Creating a partial link label using HTML Text

August 29, 2011

Sometimes, we may need to make some part of a label as a link, which will navigate to some url. This can be easily achieved by using HTMLText property of either Label or Text(which is a sub class of Label itself). Below is a sample code.

<?xml version=”1.0″?>
<mx:Application xmlns:mx=”;
backgroundGradientColors=”[#FFFFFF, #FFFFFF]”>


public function linkHandler(event:TextEvent):void {
myTA.text=”The link was clicked.”;

// Open the link in a new browser window.
navigateToURL(new URLRequest(event.text), ‘_blank’)

<mx:Label selectable=”true” link=”linkHandler(event);”>
<![CDATA[No reports attatched. You can attach one <a href=’event:’><u><font style=’color:red;’>here</font></u></a>]]>

<mx:TextArea id=”myTA”/>

View Example

Some points for the usage as above :

  • This will work only if the selectable property is set to true. Thanks to the restrictions by the framework 😛
  • You can directly call the link by just giving the href property of the anchor tag. In case you need to call a flex method before redirecting to the link, you can follow the approach in my example. For this just append the url of the anchor tag with ‘event:’. This will create an event of type TextEvent, with the url stored in the ‘text’ property of the event.
  • You can right click the link and the flash player will give three optiong : Open, Open in New Window and Copy Link Location. But the point to note here is that, if you are using the url as ‘event:’ as used by me, then all these above said options will give the url starting with ‘event:’ and will break.

That’s it guys. Enjoy and happy coding. 🙂


Design Patterns by Examples – Decorator Pattern (via Zeeshan Bilal’s Blog)

August 23, 2011

One of the best articles I had seen so far on decorator pattern

Design Patterns by Examples – Decorator Pattern Introduction This series of articles will help you to build a good understanding of design patterns using different examples from real life and some from well-known frameworks or APIs. There are many articles around the web that discuss design patterns but they sometimes lack appropriate examples to quote. So, either their purpose stays unclear or we cannot memorize the patterns longer and sooner they slip out of mind. More importantly, we unders … Read More

via Zeeshan Bilal’s Blog

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