Set Text of Layer

Set Text of Layer

The Set Text of Layer action replaces the content and formatting of an existing layer on a page with the content you specify. The content can include any valid HTML source code.

Set Text of Layer replaces the content and formatting of the layer, but retains layer attributes, including color. Format the content by including HTML tags in the New HTML text box of the Set Text of Layer dialog box.

You can embed any valid JavaScript function call, property, global variable, or other expression in the text. To embed a JavaScript expression, place it inside braces ({}). To display a brace, precede it with a backslash (\{).


The URL for this page is {window.location}, and today is {new Date()}.

To create a layer:

  1. Select Insert > Layer.

    For more information, see Inserting a layer.

  2. In the Property inspector, type a name for the layer.

To use the Set Text of Layer action:

  1. Select an object and open the Behaviors panel.
  2. Click the Plus (+) button and select Set Text > Set Text of Layer from the Actions pop-up menu.
  3. In the Set Text of Layer dialog box, use the Layer pop-up menu to select the target layer.
  4. Enter a message in the New HTML text box, then click OK.
  5. Check that the default event is the one you want. If it isn’t, select another event from the pop-up menu.

    If you don’t see the events you want, change the target browser in the Show Events For pop-up menu.

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