Evaluating keyboard entries

Posted on 2000-03-11
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Last Modified: 2010-04-15
I managed to turn off the input buffer on the terminal so i can process one key character at a time.  My question is how can i evaluate the keys (especially the arrow and function) when the user presses them and do a certain action on whatever key is pressed.

We have an AIX Unix.

Question by:alvinrc
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ID: 2609009
I think this should work

int readkey(int *function_key)
  char tempkey;

  if (tempkey==0)

you can cut paste this procedure in your program as-is.  What this procedure essentially does is:-

1)  if special key is pressed it returns its ascii number and sets *function_key=1;  prompting you that a special key like arrow or esc has been pressed.  
2)  if normal key is pressed it returns its ascii number and sets *function_key=0;  prompting you that is a normal key has been pressed.  

call this function in your program as:-

int isfunct;
int xyz;

hope this helps,

Author Comment

ID: 2613523
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Author Comment

ID: 2613524
Im using a Unix C, i think the getch() function is for ms dos c, and when i try this

char tempkey
tempkey = getchar()

the tempkey wont come out as zero eventhough
i type in esc or any special chars

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nadt earned 170 total points
ID: 2614860
Sorry I am not very conversent with unix but I think if i give u an assembly language code containing bios interrupts it should work.  'cause Whatever u're os is whatever language u use it can understand assembly bios interrupts.  Paste this code in any of u're functions like this:-

mov ah,00h;
int 16h;

/*what these two lines will do is that they will invoke bios-interrupt 16h with function 00h which is `get a character from keyboard'

after executing these two lines u will have `ah' containing the scan code (0 or 1) depending on whether spacial character has been pressed or not and `al' will contain the ascii of your interest.  You can write following instruction to validate the same
mov boolean,ah;
mov character,al;


This will surely help.

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