Passing variables

Hi all

I am running into a problem, I created a menue in flash which I will implet in a html file, but now I am looking for a simple way to pass variables from the html file to the flash so when it loades a certain page it will communicate with my flash menue to tell the flash where to stop or what swf to load… I looked into xml and php but I am really not so good with programming theses things… so please can anyone give me a hint on how to pass a simple variable to a flash movie? I realy would apreciate it… thanks much, Rilana