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Part II: Digging Deeper > Deeper into Lingo

Chapter 11. Deeper into Lingo

A comment about comments

Extending user feedback and control

Scripting with timeout properties

Scripting idle event handlers

Using cursor commands

Constraining sprite movement

Locking sprites

Using alert boxes

Installing menus

Points to remember

Time to expand your bag of Lingo tricks. By now you have a good understanding of the Lingo basics (writing scripts, creating handlers, and so forth), so the next step is to expand that understanding and ground it more firmly in practical experience. The more you work with Lingo, the more you'll appreciate the easily tapped power of this scripting language.

In this chapter, we'll get you started with an introduction to some of the elements that can make your scripts more readable and that improve decision making in your handlers. Then you'll put these elements to use, extending the degree of feedback and control available to the end users of your productions. Finally, we'll show you a number of Lingo-based techniques that provide an additional gloss of professionalism, making use of such nifty features as custom animated cursors, custom menus, and official-looking alert boxes.


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