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How can I set it up so that a sprite which is a layer in front of all other ones does not impede the ability to click on pre established buttons?
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Question by:bbonnefil
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by:MediaMacros
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If you do not put any behaviors on it it will typically let events pass through.  You can also use the pass command...

on mouseUp me
  pass
end
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peter-h earned 63 total points
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Yes, not putting a handler for the event you want to pass in any behaviours on the top-most sprite will not trap that event. It will therefore pass it through to sprites underneath. However, once an event is trapped and being processed by your handler, the PASS command passes it on, NOT to other sprites on the stage, but to other behaviours attached to the same sprite, then onto any frame handler, then on to any global handler. This is often a source of confusion. Think of PASS as passing "along" and not passing "through".
To get around this, you can use the rollOver(whichSprite) function in your "top-most" handler to check to see if the mouse is over an "underneath" sprite, and manually invoke the handler in it.

e.g.
on mouseup
  if rollerover(underneathSpriteNumber) then sprite(underneathSpriteNumber).mouseup()
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by:MediaMacros
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Sorry, read that a bit fast.  

Here is a handler to pass the message down to the next sprite with a mouseUp handler...

property spriteNum

on mouseUp me
  repeat with x = (spriteNum - 1) down to 1
    --check the sprite
    if (the mouseLoc).inside(sprite(x).rect) then
      sList = sprite(x).scriptInstanceList
      if sList.count = 0 then nextRepeat
      --check the scripts
      repeat with s in sList
        h = s.handlers()
        if h.getOne(#mouseUp) > 0 then
          sendSprite(x, #mouseUp)
          exit
        end if
      end repeat
    end if
  end repeat
end
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