I'm dynamically adding movieclip objects to a parent container and then setting each newly added clip's y position to the height of the container plus some number of vertical padding pixels. The desired effect is to append the new movieclip to the bottom of a vertical column of movieclips (a text message thread). What's strange is that no matter what value I specify for vertical padding, the new clip is always displayed abutted exactly against the bottom of the previously added clip, as though the padding were always 0.
var smsVPadding:Number = 10; // Get current bounds of sms_history_mc var bounds = sms_history_mc.getBounds( sms_history_mc.parent ); var yPos:Number = bounds.height + smsVPadding; // Add the new SMS to sms_history_mc sms_history_mc.addChild( newSMS ); newSMS.y = yPos;
If I set the value of newSMS.y explicitly to a number
newSMS.y = 600 it works as expected. However, if I set yPos by explicitly adding the padding pixels
bounds.height + 10 the result is strange again.
trace(newSMS.y) yields the expected value, but the movielip's position does not reflect this.
Any thoughts? Please tell me I'm missing something ridiculous. Thanks in advance.