Subject: Re: On KeyDown Bug

Alex Tweedly alex at
Mon Mar 27 12:30:08 EST 2006

Robert Sneidar wrote:

> I think you missed the point. I DO want the case statement to  
> progress without breaks because I want the variable theModifier to be  
> ALL of the modifier keys that are being pressed on keyDown. As I  
> understand it, case statements without breaks will do that. 

No, they won't. Without a break statement, the following code *will be 
executed* - i.e. *without* testing the subsequent condition.


> put 1 into v
> switch
>    case v=1
>       put 1 after k
>    case v=2
>       put 2 after k
> end switch
> put k

will output "12". The first condition is tested, and it passes that test 
- so the "1" is put into K. Then the code falls through (without testing 
whether or not "v=2" and the second code fragment is executed - so the 
"2" is put after K

> And it  still doesn't explain how I can end up with a Ctrl in 
> theModifier  when only the shift key was being held down.
Yes it does :-)

> If anyone would please feel free to paste my snippet (previously  
> posted) into a stack and observe what happens, I'd be curious if it  
> were just me. I am after all going through a KVM switch and a USB hub.
I no longer have your snippet of code - but if I correctly understand 
what you want, you could do something like

   if the optionKey is down then
     put "Opt " after theModifier
   end if
   if  the CommandKey is down then
     put "Cmd " after theModifier
   end if
   if the shiftKey is down then
     put "Shft " after theModifier
   end if
   if  the controlKey is down then
     put "Ctrl " after theModifier
   end if


If you want to test each condition, it's easier to use 'if's than a 

Alex Tweedly

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