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Locator Appearance mystery in LocatorPane

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  • Subject: [mg79984] Locator Appearance mystery in LocatorPane
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 01:45:30 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Here's a LocatorPane inside a DynamicModule with a Locator initialized 
at the origin and where additional Locator points will be created at 
mouse clicks:


   DynamicModule[{pts = {{0, 0}}},
       Graphics[Point /@ pts],
       Appearance -> dot,
       LocatorAutoCreate -> All]

This works as expected. (The setting Automatic for Appearance is the 

Now change the definition of dot to:


Still OK.  But, finally, change the defintion of dot to:


Now it does NOT work as expected: Although the initialized points do 
appear correctly, and a new dot appears at the first click in the 
output, upon each additional click a new dot does not appear but, 
instead, that one new dot moves to the location of the click.

Diagnosis?  Cure?

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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