selectedText from a palette?

Rich Lague laguer at
Thu Sep 9 17:14:25 EDT 2004

Thanks David, your solution works!

Rich Lague

On Thursday, September 9, 2004, at 08:13  AM, depstein at wrote:

> Rich Layne wrote:
>> I trying to make an application that has most of it’s functionality on
>> a palette-- a bunch of different buttons that will do different stuff
>> to the main data stack. Most things work, but handlers that involve 
>> the
>> “selectedText” don’t seem to make it to the main stack, (which is the
>> topStack.)
> My experience using Metacard 2.5 is that when you click on a palette 
> the selection in the topStack is lost, so the selectedText is empty.  
> I use these handlers in my palette's script as a way of recording and 
> restoring the selection:
> on mouseEnter
>   global chunkStore
>   get the selectedChunk
>   if it is empty then put empty into chunkStore else put it && "of" && 
> word -2 to -1 of the long id of the selectedField into chunkStore
> end mouseEnter
> on mouseDown
>   global chunkStore
>   if chunkStore is not empty then do "select" && chunkStore
> end mouseDown
> So on mouseUp, the selection is where you want it and references to it 
> should work properly.
> There is a slight flashing associated with the selection being lost 
> and restored, so I'd be interested to hear other methods.
> David Epstein
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