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What I usually end up doing in cases like this (which is seldom enough that someone else might have better options for you) is to have the submenu buttons include code that also act to hold out the submenu, so even though you rollout of the primary button, the submenu buttons catch it as a rollover and tells it to stay where it is.
Well no other posts into my inquiry yet--
so yes, that sounds like it would work.
how do i find that code?
and implement it?
The main button has some kind of rollover code that causes the submenu to appear. If the appearance is immediate, then that's probably the same code you'd add to the submenu buttons. If it is an animated appearance, then you would need something that tells the animation to stay where it is.
You should try Googling "AS2 drop down menu tutorial". You probably find some complete solutions that take a more standard approach. I generally pursue making things work in whatever way I can devise using the tools I know of... there is likely a different approach that is easier to understand.
Thank you, I did the search you recommended, and the thing I came across that was the easiest to do and to implement was invisible buttons. I didn't realize a button could have a hit space without an up value, or something visible! Which lead me to figure out that the two buttons on either side of Portfolio in my main navigation bar can have a rollover function and a separate release function to get out of the dropdown menu that way as well. Perfecto. I feel like a genius! (even though this is really really simple).
Google is one of the best resources for finding solutions. Dor me, it has been the better of the two references I normally rely on for resolving things.