Insertion point problems

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Wed Jun 24 11:27:04 EDT 2015

Yes, the traversalOn property is the key here.

Only one object can have focus at any given time, so when traversing 
among controls with the keyboard any field selection will be cleared.

But by turning off the traversalOn property for buttons you want to be 
able to act on text, the focus remains in the field and things work as 
easily as you'd expect with LiveCode.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at      

Peter Brigham wrote:

> What I do for this is store the selectedchunk in a customprop or a script
> local on mouseEnter in the button script that will be doing the pasting.
> That way if the mousedown removes the current selection you already have
> the info you need. BTW, if you set the traversalon to false for the button,
> the current selection should be preserved, which will obviate the need for
> this workaround.
> -- Peter
> Peter M. Brigham
> pmbrig at
> On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 7:35 PM, Bob Sneidar <bobsneidar at>
> wrote:
>> On a Mac, I opened two stacks, one with a button, one with a field. I
>> palletized the first stack, then set the insertion point in the field in
>> the second one. Clicking the button in the palletized stack still causes
>> the field on the second stack to lose focus.
>> I don’t think there is a way to change this behavior. The workaround that
>> comes to my mind is to have an exitField handler in the field which saves
>> the selection in a property or global variable that the palette stack can
>> access. Alternatively you could have an exitField handler inserted as a
>> front script when the palette opens, so that the selection can be saved
>> somewhere.
>> That is how I would go about this.
>> Bob S

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