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John B

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We're a Scottish company which has developed a dynamic dashboard approach to web-delivered statistical mapping which interacts with bar charts, graphs and tables. InstantAtlas is well established in the UK and becoming popular in the rest of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Anyone want to help champion our cause in North America? Currently, our display is in Adobe SVG though we are about to release our first Flash templates.

Our website www.instantatlas.com tells more and there are many client samples to view. Do get in touch if you want to learn more.

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Hi Erin,

If you are using Flash Actionscript, chances are you will want to set up your actionscipt to "read" data as XML. That's where I would start if I was you: updating your flash maps to import informatin from an XML file. And you can write XML in any text editor, like notepad. For example, from:


Later, you can setup data in MySQL and write PHP scripts to automatically generate the XML in real time. This takes a lot of investment in setup time (install MySQL, install PHP, maybe also install Apache). But if you make it through all that, you can write PHP to have the XML write iteself:


Finally, you can play with your PHP code to get fancy and pass parameters to slice and dice the XML file you are requesting from flash, like this:


Hopefully that's a logical progression.

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