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Within Windows products 3.1, 95, N.T. ; what is involved in
capturing text from one application to another.
In DOS this is acheived by reading the screen memory array.
Hooking the API for displaying text has already been
investigated. We need this for 16 and 32 bit code.

Please help, any advice gratefully received.
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by:jmataso
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What are you hoping to do with your application?  Are you writing the applications on both sides of the process, or just the one that is doing the reading?

In the OS design for NT (and to a lesser degree, 95), MS tried to make doing this kind of thing as close to impossible as they could (if you are not writing the programs on both sides of things).  Each process is in its own isolated memory space, so accessing across process boundaries will be difficult at best.

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by:smbarber
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What I was hoping to do was intercept the message queue of one application and process the keyboard messages in another.

I realise that with NT's Process security features this may be impossible, but I am still on Windows 3.1 at present.
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PsyKotyk earned 300 total points
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If possible might I suggest streaming to temp. files.  This will only work on stdin/stdout apps.
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