Detect scroll activity (when LC is not frontmost)

Quentin Long cubist at
Fri Dec 23 14:37:36 EST 2016

sez dunbarx:
> The "rawkeyDown" message may be trapped as follows:
> on rawkeydown tkey
>    if  tkey = 65308 then doScrollDownStuff
>    else doScrollUpStuff 
> end rawkeydown
Hold it. That code, as written, will trap *A*L*L* rawKeyDown events, and silently kill everything that's *not* a scrollwheel-down event. Which, in turn, means that text input is toast, among other probably-unwanted side-effects. Try something like this instead:

on rawKeyDown DerKey
  switch DerKey
    case 65308
    case 65309
     pass rawKeyDown
  end switch
end rawKeyDown

Note that with the switch structure I've used here, there are a number of perhaps-useful tricks you can pull… but said tricks are strictly outside the scope of the original "how do I detect scrollwheel activity?" problem, so I will leave said tricks as exercises for the reader.
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