[PD] generatiing a keypress

Alexandre Quessy listes at sourcelibre.com
Fri Dec 21 09:11:31 CET 2007

This is great ! Now, we need the mac part of it, and then standardize
it (ASCII + special keys), put the code together and make it portable.

[keypress] sounds nicer, I find.


2007/12/19, jim ruxton <cinetron at passport.ca>:
> > jim ruxton a écrit :
> > > Tried the external you sent Patrice. Thanks it works great. Thinking if
> > > I have a chance some time I'll add the code so you can just send an
> > > ascii character into it. I think I saw a window function that converts a
> > > character to the code your external takes. Anyway as it stands now its
> > > great so thanks a lot : )
> > > Jim
> >
> >   I am happy that this satisfies your need, it's my first external, this
> > topic was a good enough for making a try.
> >
> >   In the other external I've called [keystroke], it fixes a major bug
> > found in the other one I've called [winkey] that could crash the
> > machine, and there is some documentation inside keystroke-help.pd about
> > the relationship between the number to enter and the correponding key.
> >      You can also get this in msdn site.
> >
> >   The numbers doesn't always correspond with the good keys, could you
> > help me about this, and give me which numbers are working with your
> > windows version?
> I'll have a look at this. Right now I am not using very many keys and
> they all seemed to work. spell from cyclone is useful in doing keyboard
> type patches. It takes text and converts a string to the ascii values. I
> had to use upper case characters since your external only accepts upper
> case ascii values  since that is how the key codes are defined. I didn't
> want to get fancy yet and use shift etc. I think it would be great to
> create an external that takes ascii characters directly. I think you can
> then use vkkeyscan to convert to the key codes which your external
> takes.
> >
> >   Maybe it would have been better to use SendInput() rather than
> > kbd_event(), but I haven't been able to figure out how to use the first.
> Have you looked at sendkeys . This could simpliy things as well.
> http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/8c6yea83.aspx
> >
> >   We hope to make soon a cross-platform external, but keeping the number
> > option for the windows version should be handy. I'm just wondering if
> > the arguments for the objects should be the same on all platforms (lot
> > of work), or different arguments following the API (it seem simple to do).
> I could work with either. I wonder is there is a way to direct the
> keypress to the desired window (program) . Currently the cursur has to
> be in the window where you want to recieve keypresses. Maybe using the
> SetFocus http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms646312(VS.85).aspx
> or SetActiveWindow function you could direct the keyboard input to the
> desired application? I can see that the feature request is growing : ) .
> Congrats on writng your first external. I have yet to tackle one.
> Jim
> >
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