Faking keypresses on Mac OS X
benr_mc at cogapp.com
Wed Feb 27 12:11:04 CST 2008
On 27/2/08 16:43, Stephen Barncard wrote:
> TYPE doesn't do what you want?
> this has been around since the begnning of xtalks.
>> Does anyone know of a way to send a keypress into the system from Rev
>> - natively or with extensions?
>> Obviously transcript includes a mechanism to move the user's mouse
>> cursor; but I'm not aware of a similar mechanism to in effect type a
>> key for them (or, for that matter, to click a mouse button for them).
>> Have I missed anything?
>> Assuming not, has anyone tried to do this, eg using an external, or
>> using a helper app of some kind?
>> (Context: I'm using Rev to make a kiosk browser app; in some instances
>> there'll be no keyboard, so I want my app to provide an on-screen
>> keyboard instead. There are plenty of third-party options for
>> on-screen keyboards, but it would be much neater if I could build it
>> in Rev so that it can be nicely integrated; but when the user clicks
>> on "A", I need to send that keypress to the RevBrowser instance.)
I'd forgotten about type, thank you!
But sadly 'type' doesn't do what I need; it simulates typing for the Rev
stack, but not for the system. Evidently a browser instance is really a
window layered on top of the stack (at least on Mac); 'type' has no effect if
the focus is on a text field in the browser instance. I don't think 'type'
does anything you couldn't do in transcript, finding the selection in a field
and inserting characters.
So, thank you for the suggestion; but I'm still looking. Granted that 'type'
exists, I'm more doubtful if there is anything else in Rev (though I'd still
be delighted to be 'reminded' of something else that I'd 'forgotten'); does
anybody know of ways to fake a keypress to the system? Evidently it's
possible at a Cocoa or similar level, as there are various programs that for
example allow you to use an apple remote and selectively map buttons on the
remote to keypresses. But I don't even know how to do it at that level, and I
was hoping to avoid writing my first external for about five years...
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