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Call Function

SWF Action
Action Category: 
Action Details: 
Action Identifier: 
Action Structure: 
Action Length: 
0 byte(s)
Action Stack: 
pop 1 (s), pop 1 (i), pop i2 (a), push 1 (a)
Action Operation: 
s1 := pop();
i2 := pop();
for(idx := 3; idx < i2 + 3; ++idx) {
  aidx = pop();
r := call s1(a3, a4, a5...a(i2+2));
Action Flash Version: 

Pops one string that represents the name of the function to call, pop one integer indicating the number of arguments following, pop each argument, call the named function, push the result of the function on the stack. There is always a result1.

The concept of a function in SWF is the same as in most languages. The function uses its own stack and local variables and returns one result as expected. However, be careful because functions declared in a movie before version 7 could stack multiple results and they all were returned!

Since Flash 5, the players offer a set of internal functions2 available to the end user via this Call Function instruction. Please, see the internal functions table for a complete list.

  • 1. When nothing is returned by the function, the result undefined is pushed on the stack.
  • 2. These are internal objects with function members.


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