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if that parent movieclip has mouse handlers the parent will intercept mouse events so the child objects can't respond.
if no parent has mouse handlers, double check your button/movieclip path/instance names.
even when I take the mc containing the scrolling text and script out of the timeline, the buttons don't work. All path/instance names are correct.
Any other thoughts?
Maybe a corrupt file? Should I start over?
post a link to your fla.
I ended up recreating each button from scratch rather than duplicate and modify as needed, and that did the trick. Why that would have anything to do with the script not working is beyond me. I've never seen that issue before.
Thanks for you thoughts.
you may have had matching instance names, but not the same instances.
for example, if you have an object with instance name name1 on frame 1. then create a blank keyframe on frame 2 and then a keyframe on frame 3 and drag another object from the library (and it can be the same library object) and name it name1, the frame 1 and frame3 objects will be different instances. code referencing the object in frame 1 will not reference the object in frame 3 (and vice-versa).
if you create frame 1 and create name1 in that frame, then create keyframe 3 (so name 1 is in both frames) and finally create blank keyframe 2, the 2 instances will be the same. any code referencing name1 will reference both objects.