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Part IV: Reference > Lingo at rest…

Lingo at rest…

Every new version of Director brings changes, especially to the Lingo vocabulary. Outmoded Lingo gets retired, and new Lingo is put forth to replace the old. Here's a list of "dead" Lingo, accompanied (where applicable) by replacements. Note that some of these commands still work under Director 8—Macromedia doesn't just throw things away without providing some backward compatibility. Still, there's generally a reason that commands are retired, the best one being that something else is provided that works better. Remember: Even if some Lingo element still works now, it may not work in the next upgrade. If you expect your productions to be around for a while, stick to the Lingo that currently is 100 percent supported.

One of the biggest changes in recent Lingo history is the redefinition of the term Cast. Back in the days when only one Cast could be open at a time, this term referred to Cast members within the Cast window. Now that multiple Casts can be active, Cast is used to refer to the Casts themselves, while Cast members are denoted with member. Hence, the castNum of sprite becomes the memberNum of sprite, and so forth. Terms like the castLib and the castLibNum continue to use Cast, as they pertain to programming on the Cast level.


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