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Lesson 16. Learning Lingo > Using the Message Window

Using the Message Window

Now that you know what a script is and how it's created, it's time to delve a little deeper into the way Director and Lingo work together.

Director sends out messages whenever some event occurs in a movie. For instance, when the user presses the mouse button to click something, this is a mouseDown event, and Director responds by sending a mouseDown message. The message is then available for a while for use in Lingo scripts. (You will learn more about how long messages are available in the "Examining Types of Lingo Scripts" task later in this lesson.) When the user releases the mouse button, this is a mouseUp event, and Director sends a mouseUp message. All actions performed through Lingo are triggered by events.


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