MDI Message Loop

Posted on 1997-03-10
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Last Modified: 2013-12-03
How should the message loop be written in a Windows 95 MDI application so that the application can recieve WM_COMMAND messages using the Keyboard accelerator. ?
I am using BorlandC++ ver 4.02 and write my program in plain C language.
Question by:makhlouf
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ID: 1334197
// Enter main message loop

while (GetMessage(&msg, NULL, 0, 0))

    if (!TranslateMDISysAccel(hwndMDIClient, &msg))


Author Comment

ID: 1334198
When I submitted my question, I already had the loop suggested by
Charles Petzold in his book "Programming Windows 95"
It looks like this

while (GetMessage (&msg, NULL, 0, 0))    {
    if (!TranslateMDISysAccel (hwndClient, &msg) &&
        !TranslateAccelerator (hwndFrame, hAccel, &msg))  {
        TranslateMessage (&msg) ;
        DispatchMessage (&msg) ;
Unfortunatly, it does not work.
yours is a sub version of Petzold and does not work also.
I compiled my program with your version of the loop and found that the program does not receive WM_COMMAND messages when I enter a command with the KeyBoard Accelerator

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ID: 1334199


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r parkinson earned 150 total points
ID: 1334200
If you are using the following message loop :


and it does not work then check the following :

1) have you loaded the accelorator table correctly?



if this fails then the message loop wont work.  There are two likly reasons for failure, either the ID is wrong or the table is not in the module pointed to by the hInstance parameter.

2)  Are you checking for the WM_COMMAND message in the main window proc or the child window proc?

the message should be sent to the main window proc, i.e. the proc that was defined for the hwndFrame handle.


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