Preloading images in htmlText


I have different htmlText strings for my TextField.
Each of them contains an image with the text:
textfield.htmlText = “<img src=‘animage.jpg’>Here is my text”;

textfield.htmlText = “<img src=‘anotherimage.jpg’>Here is my second text”;

Now what I’m doing is making a fadein effect on the TextField, from 0 to 1, and changing the htmlText. The problem is that, when the image is not loaded in the cache, it is displayed a little abruptly after maybe half a second, which really doesn’t look good.

How could I force Flash the preloading of these images before the fadein without having the user notice it?

Thanks for your help.