I am making a website with some fancy typography that I made in Illustrator. I used the 'Create Outlines' function in Illustrator and then imported the type as a vector graphic into Flash. Because there is a lot of type the file size is quite large (400KB). I tried to reduce the file size by converting each letter into a graphic symbol and then referred all the letters back to their relevant symbol. For example I turned one of the instances of the letter 'p' into a graphic symbol and then searched for all the other instances of the letter 'p' and swapped them with the graphic symbol. I thought this would reduce the file size but in stead it just made it slightly bigger. Why is this?

Many thanks,