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a_user.key.value Does not work as I was hoping

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  • a_user.key.value Does not work as I was hoping

    I want to open the next page or go back by using the right and left arrows keys.
    On the form ONKEYEVENT.
    1 The right arrow advances but sometimes advances 2 records, (I tried to slow down the repeat and rate)
    There are no more tab positions beyond the sitting field.
    2 The left arrow moves in the form to prior tab positions and do not move the form to previous record.
    Using a button, and click works.
    Is this code wrong? Any advise?

    If a_user.key.value="{RIGHT}" Then
    ' If a_user.key.event = "RIGHT" Then
    If a_user.key.value="{LEFT}" Then
    ' If a_user.key.event = "LEFT" Then
    End If
    End If

  • #2
    Re: a_user.key.value Does not work as I was hoping

    You might try mapping a different key to perform the action. I use the ' * ' to do this on a form where the user is entering numeric data from the numeric keypad. Or you might try adding the Shift or Ctrl key to make it a hot key since the arrow keys already have a directional movement...
    Last edited by MoGrace; 09-14-2016, 12:35 PM.

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


    • #3
      Re: a_user.key.value Does not work as I was hoping

      Completely unclear to me why you ignored the example in the documentation.
      If a_user.key.value="{RIGHT}" Then
      	IF a_user.key.event = "down" THEN
      	End if
      end if
      If a_user.key.value="{LEFT}" Then
      	IF a_user.key.event = "down" THEN
      	End If
      End If
      There can be only one.


      • #4
        Re: a_user.key.value Does not work as I was hoping

        Thanks Robin. In this case I was trying to imitate like other apps or games.
        There are other features, using the mouse for a while, becomes uncomfortable. Also I have to keep the mouse in a certain location.
        Is minor, but I was hoping to improve it. (A while could be 1 or 2 hrs)
        The reason for using those keys is because they are accessible by hand in the keyboard and they mean the intention of backward and forward.
        According to the doc. a_user.key.handled=.T. is to make that key not function as originally intended.
        Am I wrong here?
        It seems that line has no operation at all. I was hoping that I was using it wrong and it will have proper syntax.
        As I said the -> works, but some time gives me 2 advances in stead of the expected 1.
        Could it that the pressing -> provides more that just forward or Alpha interpret it as more that one key?


        • #5
          Re: a_user.key.value Does not work as I was hoping

          Thanks Stan, I am using the doc sample. The difference is down vs right. left vs up in both lines
          Notice commented 2nd option. I did tried the commented line and did not made any difference.
          and it would have required to add 2 end ifs.
          Am I missing something?


          • #6
            Re: a_user.key.value Does not work as I was hoping

            Works for me.

            a_user.key.value is tested for left or right
            a_user.key.event won't ever be left or right or anything but up or down

            The reason your right event processes 2 records is likely because it fires on right arrow being pressed (down) and right arrow being released (up).
            There can be only one.


            • #7
              Re: a_user.key.value Does not work as I was hoping

              Ah..... value -- event . That explains it, and yes IT WORKS. No extras & backward and forward.
              Thanks for the correction and the interpretation Stan.


              • #8
                Re: a_user.key.value Does not work as I was hoping

                And for a case like space bar to move forward:
                IF a_user.key.value = ui_keycode_normalize("{chr(32)}") THEN
                a_user.key.handled = .T.
                IF a_user.key.event = "down" THEN
                END IF
                END IF