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I’m creating a flash form with a multitude of input fields. I made a verification function to test each of the field’s variable for a null value. Finding out which required fields were left empty. Testing a null value wouldn’t work though because Flash is storing a format tag in the respective variable. I had to work around it, but I’m still curious… so a couple questions:

Has anyone else encountered this?
Is this a new issue with Flash 8?
and is there a way to format a text field so this tag isn’t stored, and the variable truly is null?