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Using num keyboard period as decimal separator

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In spanish the decimal separator is "," the problem is that on the Number Keypad the decimal separator send a ".".

On the other hand Delphi understands that on number fields the separatos must be "," and it doesn't allow any other char.

What I am trying to do is that when you press the deciman separator on the numeric keypad the application understand the "," instead of the ".",  I have tryed to us the OnKeyDown event, but it seems to detect the key before that events ocurs.  

I have seen MS Excel to do it correctly.  Any ideas?
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Question by:clopez
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by:ITugay
ID: 2635646


procedure TForm1.Edit1KeyPress(Sender: TObject; var Key: Char);
begin
   if Key = '.' then
     Key:=',';
end;


Cheers,
Igor.
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by:blackthorne
ID: 2635648
If you are use a TField  you can use this  Field.ValidChars := ield.ValidChars +  [','];
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by:ITugay
ID: 2635655
You can do it not only for desired edit control, but for whole form. Set Form1.KeyPreview = true,  then write Form1.onKeyPress method:
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procedure TForm1.FormKeyPress(Sender: TObject; var Key: Char);
begin
   if key = '.'
   then key := ',';
end;
----


Igor.
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by:ITugay
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to blackthorne.

PLEASE use a "comment", instead an "answer" if you not first in queue or not ABSOLUTELY sure in your answer.

best regards,
Igor.
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by:blackthorne
ID: 2635691
blackthorne changed the proposed answer to a comment
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by:jeurk
ID: 2636207
Hello,
Either you change this in the locale windows regional settings
or in your case you can use the global variable DecimalSeparator to suit your needs.
Change it to whatever you want...

Regards.
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DMN earned 300 total points
ID: 2637882
I think desired solution must change dot to decimal separator in only case NUMPAD DOT was pressed. To do so set Form.KeyPreview property to True. Then add boolean variable CHECKDECIMAL to private (or protected, or public) section of form declaration. Then define Form.OnKeyDown and Form.OnKeyPress events:

procedure TForm1.FormKeyDown(Sender: TObject; var Key: Word;
  Shift: TShiftState);
begin
  {Set flag if Numpad dot was pressed}
  if (Key=VK_DECIMAL) and (Shift=[]) then
    CheckDecimal := True;
end;

procedure TForm1.FormKeyPress(Sender: TObject; var Key: Char);
begin
  {Replace '.' with decimal separator if Numpad Dot was pressed}
  if (Key='.') and CheckDecimal then
    begin
      Key := DecimalSeparator;
      {Now reset the flag}
      CheckDecimal := False;
    end;
end;



Add these methods to every form in your project or inherite all your forms from one with these events defined.

Hope this helps.
Alexander.
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by:clopez
ID: 2639569
The accepted answer not only changes the "." to a ",", but makes sure that then pressed key was then Decimal Key in the keypad.  That is exactly what I was looking for.  Thanks to all
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