[pcductape] Re: functions

  • From: "Pam" <ltf01@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 23:54:25 -0500

Hi Scott,
That's pretty much what I figured. Thank you for confirming it.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Scott McNay
>Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 10:53 PM
>To: Pam
>Subject: [pcductape] Re: functions
>Hi Pam,
>Thursday, September 16, 2004, 5:46:21 PM, you wrote:
>P> I understand about each program determining its own functions.
>What I want
>P> to do is assign the hot spots to be exactly the same as if I
>depressed the
>P> key on my keyboard. For example, if I assign hot spot #1 to be the same
>P> thing as if I were to depress the PLUS key then whatever
>function the PLUS
>P> key does in whatever app I am working in... it will do it just as if I
>P> depressed the PLUS key on he keyboard. And if I touched the #1
>hotspot while
>P> in Notepad, for example, it would simply type a "plus sign".
>The character
>P> code for a plus is U+002B. But I cannot simply assign the character code
>P> because it tells me it cannot execute U+002B. So I am thinking
>that maybe
>P> U+002B points to something else that it CAN execute.
>P> Does that make better sense?
>When you press a key, what you get is a KEY CODE. It bears no
>resemblance to the character or whatever that you eventually see. A
>low-level routine is responsible for converting key codes to
>characters. Thus, the "-" key on the main keyboard and the "-" key on
>the numeric keypad produce different key codes (which is why some
>programs react differently to the two), but are translated into the
>same letter by the routine.
>If your keypad comes with a programming utility, you can use it to
>reprogram the keys to respond with the sequence of characters or key
>codes (or both, depending upon the design of the utility) that you
>The "U+002B" is presumably the Unicode code for the plus sign. Most
>utilities that I've seen to date use ASCII codes. If your utility says
>that it's trying to "execute" what you put in, then you may be dealing
>with the other type, in which a keypress causes a command to be
>executed. Put in CMD.EXE and see if a CMD window appears when you
>press the button.
>It's certainly possible to get a key to return a different key code,
>but you may need a low-level routine to do it.  Someone else may be
>able to find something suitable.

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