rawKeyDown slightly cooked

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 23 17:10:41 EST 2013


On 23/12/13 23:20, dunbarx at aol.com wrote:
> Richmond,
>
>
> I live in the United States. All these issues would go away if everyone would just learn English.
>
>
> Sheesh.
>
>
> Craig
>

This means that Livecode does NOT really trap rawKey codes at all, and 
that 'rawKeyDown' and
'rawKeyUp' are just fudges.

If I write with a US English keyboard layout, an Armenian keyboard 
layout (that is giving me 12 figure
'keycodes'), or a Russian keyboard layout I am still typing with the 
same physical keyboard and it is sending the same electronic signals 
down the wire into the computer.

I have been naive enough to believe that:

"Handle the rawKeyDown message if you want to intercept raw events from 
the keyboard, or from a mouse wheel, or if you want to handle keys that 
aren't mapped to any character."

obviously that "just isn't so", to put it extremely politely.

Now rawKey codes should be exactly that, they should not be 'cooked' by 
being strained through
somebody's keyboard layout.

Funny how RunRev are shouting jolly stuff from the rooftops anent 
getting Unicode to behave itself
better when something that is actually fairly fundamental to that is 
still not what it should be.

Richmond.

>
>
> If I run a script like this:
>
> on rawKeyDown RKD
>      put RKD into fld "RKD"
> end rawKeyDown
>
> on Linux (UbuntuStudio 13.10) using the standard US English layout I get
> the raw keycodes.
>
> when I switch over into a Bulgarian keyboard layout I get
> numbers that are:
>
> 1. not raw keycodes
>
> and
>
> 2. on numToChar with them end up with Arabic letters.
>
> Now that is a bit odd.
>
> on changing the script to this:
>
> on keyDown RKD
>      put RKD into fld "RKD"
> end keyDown
>
> with US English I get the letters I would expect,
>
> with the Bulgarian keyboard layout I get nothing.
>
> Richmond.
>
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