Polling/probing the keyboard?

Jan Schenkel janschenkel at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 23 15:50:42 EST 2013

You need to 'pass' the rawKeyDown, rawKeyUp and keyDown messages or LiveCode will stop processing the key event.
This allows you to discard illegal characters. Try the following:

 on rawKeyDown RKD
   put RKD into fld "rkd"
   pass rawKeyDown
 end rawKeyDown
 on keyUp KD
    put KD into fld "kd"
    put fld "rkd" & " = " & fld "kd" into fld "equiv"
end keyUp


Jan Schenkel.

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On Mon, 12/23/13, Richmond <richmondmathewson at gmail.com> wrote:

 Subject: Re: Polling/probing the keyboard?
 To: "How to use LiveCode" <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com>
 Date: Monday, December 23, 2013, 12:33 PM
 On 23/12/13 22:22, Richmond wrote:
 > On 23/12/13 22:04, Geoff Canyon wrote:
 >> On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM, Richmond <richmondmathewson at gmail.com>wrote:
 >>> send "mouseUp" to btn "BTTN"
 >>> but I cannot do this:
 >>> send "keyDown" to key 112
 >>> where 112 is the rawKeyDown value of that key
 on my keyboard.
 >> In both cases (unless there's something really
 unusual about what you're
 >> doing) it would be better to define a separate
 handler to do <whatever> and
 >> then call that handler from within the mouseUp or
 rawKeyDown, so that when
 >> you want that thing to happen *apart* from those
 instances, you can just
 >> call the handler.
 >> _______________________________________________
 > My problem is that I have a range of programs that
 allow end-users to type material in
 > dead or rather unusual writing systems, using a
 "normal" keyboard.
 > Now on my UK English keyboard I happen to be using at
 the moment where I,
 > having been using US English keyboards for the last 20
 years, expect to see a '@'
 > there is a double-quote mark.
 > I want to be able to signal to end-users which key they
 should press on their keyboards
 > to send a mouseUp to one of my virtual keys. Now what
 has a 'w' on my keyboard may,
 > for the sake of argument have a 'у' on Professor
 Malenkov's keyboard and 'в' on
 > Professor Ustinov's keyboard; so putting a 'w' into a
 "window" on my interface is not going to help
 > either of those imaginary professors at all.
 > So I need to get the keyDown char that a rawKeyDown of
 119 will generate on whosoever's
 > computer my program is running on.
 > I can, however, do this sort of thing:
 > on rawKeyDown RKD
 > put RKD into fld "rkd"
 > end rawKeyDown
 > on keyUp KD
 > put KD into fld "kd"
 > put fld "rkd" & " = " & fld "kd" into fld
 > end keyUp
 > which I just worked out while answering your message,
 and feel "fairly bl**dy stupid" that is took
 > me so long to work that one out!
 > Anyway, thousands of thanks for your posting as it
 kicked my lazy brain into doing something vaguely
 constructive at last.
 > Richmond.
 The main snag about this is that if one has a rawKeyUp
 routine in, say, one's cardScript, it will block
 a keyUp routine.
 I would like to have a cardScript that contains rawKeyDown,
 keyDown and rawKeyUp, and, just now
 cannot quite see my way round that.
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