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At this point, we’re finished with the tutorial. I hope that this information was helpful. I’m certain that there are other ways of accomplishing the goal we’ve achieved here; if you want to improve the code or expand it, feel free. One thing that I haven’t yet incorporated is a method to handle row spans. Perhaps that will be the next step. Good luck!

Meanwhile, Listing 7 shows the entire class. The file contains all of the source code for downloading.

Listing 7 The class.

import com.xfactorstudio.xml.xpath.XPath;

class com.extension.TableViewer {
    // define global variables
    private var TableFile:XML;
    private var TimeLine:MovieClip;
    private var Base_mc:MovieClip;
    private var Border_mc:MovieClip;
    private var Boxes_mc:MovieClip;
    private var AllBoxes:Array;
    private var AllTexts:Array;
    private var Rows:Array;
    private var Cells:Array;
    private var CellsMax:Array;
    private var CellNumbers:Array;
    private var AllTextBoxes:Array;
    private var BackgroundColor:Number;
    private var CellWidth:Number;
    private var TableWidth:Number;
    private var TableHeight:Number;
    private var TablePadding:Number;

    // pass in a movie clip, the xml, and the desired width of the table

    public function TableViewer(mc:MovieClip, xml:XML, tableWidth:Number, maxTableHeight:Number) {
       TimeLine = mc;
       TableFile = new XML(xml.toString());
       AllBoxes = new Array();
       AllTexts = new Array();
       Cells = new Array();
       CellsMax = new Array();
       CellNumbers = new Array();
       AllTextBoxes = new Array();
       TableWidth = tableWidth;
       // create necessary clips
       Base_mc = TimeLine.createEmptyMovieClip("base_clip", TimeLine.getNextHighestDepth() );
       Border_mc = Base_mc.createEmptyMovieClip("borders_clip", Base_mc.getNextHighestDepth() );
       Boxes_mc = Base_mc.createEmptyMovieClip("boxes_clip", Base_mc.getNextHighestDepth() );


    private function ExtractColor(color:Array):Number {
       // removes the # sign and returns hex value as a Number type
       if(color) {
           var colorStr:String = color[0].toString();
           var stringTest:Number = colorStr.indexOf("#");
           if (stringTest != -1) {
              var colorValue:String = "0x"+colorStr.substring(stringTest+1, colorStr.length);
       var returnColor:Number = parseInt(colorValue);
       return returnColor;

    // TableController method ensures that methods are called in the proper order
    private function TableController() {
       var tableBuilt:Boolean = TableBuilder();

       if (tableBuilt == true) {

    // gather all of the table data from the table source file and write that data into arrays
    private function TableBuilder():Boolean {
       // if TableWidth has not been set, look for a width attribute, capture it, else set the table to 20 less than the Stage.width
       if (!TableWidth) {
           var tempWidth:Array = XPath.selectNodes(TableFile.firstChild, "/table/@width");

           if (tempWidth[0] != undefined) {
              TableWidth = parseInt(tempWidth[0]);
           } else {
              TableWidth = Stage.width - 20;

       // if the table has a padding attribute set, capture it, else set the padding to 0
       var tempPadding:Array = XPath.selectNodes(TableFile.firstChild, "/table/@padding");
       if (tempPadding[0] != undefined) {
           TablePadding = parseInt(tempPadding[0]);
       } else {
           TablePadding = 0;

       // get the background color for entire table, else set it to white
       var bg = XPath.selectNodes(TableFile.firstChild, "/table/@bgcolor");
       if (bg.length > 0 ) {
           BackgroundColor = ExtractColor(bg);
       } else {
           BackgroundColor = 0xffffff;

       // grab all the rows into an array, then use rows to grab all the cells into an array
       Rows = XPath.selectNodes(TableFile.firstChild, "/table/tr");

       // foreach row, get all the values for all the cells
       for (var x:Number = 0; x< Rows.length; x++) {
           var currentRow:Number = x+1;
           // get cells from td and th tags
           Cells.push(XPath.selectNodes(TableFile.firstChild, "/table/tr[position() = "+ currentRow +"]/td | /table/tr[position() = "+ currentRow +"]/th"));

       // goal: determine which row has the most cells so we can calculate how wide to make individual cells
       // how:
       // push number of cells per row onto CellsTotal
       // sort by number :NUMERIC
       // reverse to put highest number first...
       // use CellWidth to calculate max cell widths...
       for (var x:Number = 0; x<Cells.length; x++) {

       CellWidth = Math.floor(TableWidth / CellsMax[0]);

       return true;

    // create the text boxes based on the Cells multidimensional array (tr1(td1,td2), tr2(td1,td2) ...
    private function CreateTextBoxes() {
       for (var x:Number = 0; x<Cells.length; x++) {
           // used to create multi-dimensional array AllTextBoxes at the end of the for loop
           var textBoxArray:Array = new Array();
           var cellAlignment:String = "center";
           var boxArray:Array = new Array();
           var textBoxArray:Array = new Array();

           // create textboxes and insert values
           for (var i:Number = 0; i<Cells[x].length; i++) {
              var currentCell:Number = i + 1;

              // create text clips and populate
              var currentBox:MovieClip = Boxes_mc.createEmptyMovieClip("box"+x+"_"+i, Boxes_mc.getNextHighestDepth());
              var currentText:Object = currentBox.createTextField("cell_txt", currentBox.getNextHighestDepth(), 0, 0, CellWidth, 125);


              currentText.multiline = true;
              currentText.wordWrap = true;
              currentText.autoSize = "center";
              currentText.border = false;
              currentText.html = true;
              var formatting = new TextFormat();
              formatting.color = 0x333333;
              formatting.font = "verdana";
              formatting.size = 10;
              formatting.align = cellAlignment;
              currentText.htmlText = Cells[x][i];

           // textBoxArray contains all movieClip path for the textFields in a particular row
           // push these onto AllTextBoxes to have them all in one place
           // for use in CreateAndPositionGrid

    private function CreateAndPositionGrid() {
       var rHeight:Number = 0;
       var finalRowHeights:Array = new Array();
       var finalCellWidths:Array = new Array();
       for (var x:Number = 0; x < Cells.length; x++) {
           var colCounter:Number = 0;
           var cellHeights:Array = new Array();
           var cellWidths:Array = new Array();
           for (var i:Number = 0; i < Cells[x].length; i++) {
              var curRow:Number = x+1;
              var curCell:Number = i+1;
              var colspanValue:Array = XPath.selectNodes(TableFile.firstChild, "/table/tr[position() = "+ curRow +"]/td[position() = "+ curCell +"]/@colspan");
              var colSpan:Number = 1;

              // if colspan exists
              if (colspanValue.length != 0) {
                  colSpan = parseInt(colspanValue[0]);

              AllBoxes[x][i]._x = (colCounter*CellWidth)*colSpan;
              AllBoxes[x][i]._y = rHeight;

              var calTextWidth:Number;
              if (colspanValue.length != 0) {
                  colCounter = colSpan;
                  calTextWidth = colCounter*CellWidth;
                  AllTexts[x][i]._width = calTextWidth;
              } else {

           // sort rowHeights to find the highest cell height
           var curRowMaxHeight:Number = Math.floor(cellHeights[0]);
           // increment rHeight with current row’s maximum height
           rHeight = rHeight + curRowMaxHeight;

           // draw the outer and row borders
           Border_mc.lineStyle(1, 0x999999, 100);
           Border_mc.moveTo(0, 0);
           Border_mc.lineTo(TableWidth, 0);
           Border_mc.lineTo(TableWidth, rHeight);
           Border_mc.lineTo(0, rHeight);
           Border_mc.lineTo(0, 0);

       // draw inner vertical lines
       for (var n:Number = 0; n<finalRowHeights.length; n++) {
           Border_mc.lineStyle(1, 0x999999, 100);
           var cellCalc:Number = 0;
           for (var z:Number = 0; z<finalCellWidths[n].length-1; z++) {
              cellCalc = cellCalc + parseInt(finalCellWidths[n][z]);
              Border_mc.moveTo(cellCalc, finalRowHeights[n]);
              Border_mc.lineTo(cellCalc, finalRowHeights[n+1]);
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