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This function detaches attached elements from one another.


bool detachElements ( element theElement, [ element theAttachToElement ] )

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Method: element:detach(...)
Counterpart: attachElements

Required Arguments

  • theElement: The element to be detached (the "child")

Optional Arguments

NOTE: When using optional arguments, you might need to supply all arguments before the one you wish to use. For more information on optional arguments, see optional arguments.

  • theAttachToElement: The element you wish to detach from, will detach from the attached element if this isn't specified.


Returns true if the detaching was successful, false otherwise.


Example 1: This example attaches a marker to a vehicle, and detaches it when it blows up:

function attachMarkerToVehicle ( theVehicle )
    -- create the marker to attach
    local arrowMarker = createMarker ( 0, 0, 0, "arrow", 1.5, 0, 0, 255, 255 )
    -- attach the marker above the vehicle
    attachElements ( arrowMarker, theVehicle, 0, 0, 2 )
    -- add an event handler for when the vehicle blows up
    addEventHandler ( "onVehicleExplode", theVehicle, onMarkedCarExplode )

function onMarkedCarExplode ()
    -- get the elements attached to the vehicle
    local attachedElements = getAttachedElements ( source )
    -- loop through the table of elements
    for i,v in ipairs ( attachedElements ) do
        -- detach the element from the vehicle
        detachElements ( v, source )
    -- remove the event handler
    removeEventHandler ( "onVehicleExplode", source, onMarkedCarExplode )

Example 2: This function will detach any elements that might have been attached to the passed element:

function freeElement( theElement )
      if ( isElementAttached( theElement ) ) then -- If the specified element is attached to something
            detachElements ( theElement ) -- Detach it.
            outputChatBox( "Element is not attached" ) -- If not, say it wasn't attached in the first place.

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