Monday, June 11, 2007

Dictionary service and getTextExtent

I'm still working on the word puzzle game so far.
I got this idea this morning, that when you manage to connect a word it would access an online dictionary service and give you a definition. Basically I was testing the game and I was forming words that I didn't ever hear before. So you can actually learn something by playing this game :)

I found this free dictionary service
http://services.aonaware.com/DictService/
I'm currently using it to request word definitions and then place them in a speech bubble.

I also worked on scrolling the speech bubble text if the definition didn't fit. I used the TextFormat.getTextExtent() method, even though it is errouneously marked as deprecated for Flash8.