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NAME

       Reading key presses -

       How to read key presses from the braille terminal.

   Data Structures
       struct brlapi_expandedKeyCode_t
       struct brlapi_describedKeyCode_t
       struct brlapi_range_t

   Defines
       #define brlapi_ignoreAllKeys()   brlapi_ignoreKeys(brlapi_rangeType_all, NULL, 0)
       #define brlapi_acceptAllKeys()   brlapi_acceptKeys(brlapi_rangeType_all, NULL, 0)
       #define BRLAPI_UC_ROW   0x2800UL
       #define brlapi__ignoreAllKeys(handle)   brlapi__ignoreKeys(handle, brlapi_rangeType_all,
           NULL, 0)
       #define brlapi__acceptAllKeys(handle)   brlapi__acceptKeys(handle, brlapi_rangeType_all,
           NULL, 0)

   Enumerations
       enum brlapi_rangeType_t { brlapi_rangeType_all, brlapi_rangeType_type,
           brlapi_rangeType_command, brlapi_rangeType_key, brlapi_rangeType_code }

   Functions
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_expandKeyCode (brlapi_keyCode_t code, brlapi_expandedKeyCode_t
           *expansion)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_describeKeyCode (brlapi_keyCode_t code,
           brlapi_describedKeyCode_t *description)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_readKey (int wait, brlapi_keyCode_t *code)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__readKey (brlapi_handle_t *handle, int wait, brlapi_keyCode_t
           *code)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_ignoreKeys (brlapi_rangeType_t type, const brlapi_keyCode_t
           keys[], unsigned int count)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__ignoreKeys (brlapi_handle_t *handle, brlapi_rangeType_t type,
           const brlapi_keyCode_t keys[], unsigned int count)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_acceptKeys (brlapi_rangeType_t type, const brlapi_keyCode_t
           keys[], unsigned int count)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__acceptKeys (brlapi_handle_t *handle, brlapi_rangeType_t type,
           const brlapi_keyCode_t keys[], unsigned int count)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__ignoreAllKeys (brlapi_handle_t *handle)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__acceptAllKeys (brlapi_handle_t *handle)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_ignoreKeyRanges (brlapi_range_t ranges[], unsigned int count)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__ignoreKeyRanges (brlapi_handle_t *handle, brlapi_range_t
           ranges[], unsigned int count)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_acceptKeyRanges (brlapi_range_t ranges[], unsigned int count)
       int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__acceptKeyRanges (brlapi_handle_t *handle, brlapi_range_t
           ranges[], unsigned int count)

Detailed Description

       Once brlapi_enterTtyMode() has been called, the application can call brlapi_readKey() to
       read key presses. Either key codes (see Types and Defines fore BrlAPI Key Codes) or
       commands will be returned, depending on parameters given to brlapi_enterTtyMode().

       Key presses are buffered, so that calling brlapi_readKey() in non-blocking mode from time
       to time should suffice.

Define Documentation

   #define brlapi__acceptAllKeys(handle)   brlapi__acceptKeys(handle, brlapi_rangeType_all, NULL,
       0)
   #define brlapi__ignoreAllKeys(handle)   brlapi__ignoreKeys(handle, brlapi_rangeType_all, NULL,
       0)
   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_acceptAllKeys(void)   brlapi_acceptKeys(brlapi_rangeType_all, NULL,
       0) Accept all key presses from the braille keyboard
       This function asks the server to give all keys to the application, and not give them to
       brltty.

       Warning: after calling this function, make sure to call brlapi_ignoreKeys() for ignoring
       important keys like BRL_CMD_SWITCHVT_PREV/NEXT and such.

   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_ignoreAllKeys(void)   brlapi_ignoreKeys(brlapi_rangeType_all, NULL,
       0) Ignore all key presses from the braille keyboard
       This function asks the server to give all keys to brltty, rather than returning them to
       the application via brlapi_readKey().

   #define BRLAPI_UC_ROW   0x2800UL Unicode braille row

Enumeration Type Documentation

   enum brlapi_rangeType_t types of key ranges
       Enumerator:

       brlapi_rangeType_all
              all keys, code must be 0

       brlapi_rangeType_type
              all keys of a given type

       brlapi_rangeType_command
              all keys of a given command block, i.e. matching the key type and command parts

       brlapi_rangeType_key
              a given key with any flags

       brlapi_rangeType_code
              a given key code

Function Documentation

   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__acceptAllKeys (brlapi_handle_t *handle)
   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__acceptKeyRanges (brlapi_handle_t *handle, brlapi_range_tranges[],
       unsigned intcount)
   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__acceptKeys (brlapi_handle_t *handle, brlapi_rangeType_ttype, const
       brlapi_keyCode_tkeys[], unsigned intcount)
   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__ignoreAllKeys (brlapi_handle_t *handle)
   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__ignoreKeyRanges (brlapi_handle_t *handle, brlapi_range_tranges[],
       unsigned intcount)
   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__ignoreKeys (brlapi_handle_t *handle, brlapi_rangeType_ttype, const
       brlapi_keyCode_tkeys[], unsigned intcount)
   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi__readKey (brlapi_handle_t *handle, intwait, brlapi_keyCode_t *code)
   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_acceptKeyRanges (brlapi_range_tranges[], unsigned intcount) Accept
       some key presses from the braille keyboard
       This function asks the server to return the provided key ranges (inclusive) to the
       application, and not give them to brltty.

       Parameters:
           ranges key ranges, which are inclusive
           count number of ranges

       Note:
           The given codes should be raw keycodes (i.e. some driver name was given to
           brlapi_enterTtyMode())

   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_acceptKeys (brlapi_rangeType_ttype, const brlapi_keyCode_tkeys[],
       unsigned intcount) Accept some key presses from the braille keyboard
       This function asks the server to give the provided keys to the application, and not give
       them to brltty.

       Parameters:
           type type of keys to be ignored
           keys array of keys to be ignored
           count number of keys

       Note:
           The given codes should be brltty commands (NULL or '' was given to
           brlapi_enterTtyMode())

   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_describeKeyCode (brlapi_keyCode_tcode, brlapi_describedKeyCode_t
       *description) Describe the components of a key code.
       Parameters:
           code the keycode to be described
           description pointer to the structure that receives the description

       Returns:
           0 on success, -1 on error

   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_expandKeyCode (brlapi_keyCode_tcode, brlapi_expandedKeyCode_t
       *expansion) Expand the components of a key code
       Parameters:
           code the key code to be expanded
           expansion pointer to the structure that receives the components

       Returns:
           0 on success, -1 on error

   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_ignoreKeyRanges (brlapi_range_tranges[], unsigned intcount) Ignore
       some key presses from the braille keyboard
       This function asks the server to give the provided key ranges to brltty, rather than
       returning them to the application via brlapi_readKey().

       Parameters:
           ranges key ranges, which are inclusive
           count number of ranges

       Note:
           The given codes should be raw keycodes (i.e. some driver name was given to
           brlapi_enterTtyMode())

   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_ignoreKeys (brlapi_rangeType_ttype, const brlapi_keyCode_tkeys[],
       unsigned intcount) Ignore some key presses from the braille keyboard
       This function asks the server to give the provided keys to brltty, rather than returning
       them to the application via brlapi_readKey().

       Parameters:
           type type of keys to be ignored
           keys array of keys to be ignored
           count number of keys

       Note:
           The given codes should be brltty commands (NULL or '' was given to
           brlapi_enterTtyMode())

   int BRLAPI_STDCALL brlapi_readKey (intwait, brlapi_keyCode_t *code) Read a key from the
       braille keyboard
       This function returns one key press's code.

       If NULL or '' was given to brlapi_enterTtyMode(), a brltty command is returned, as
       described in the documentation for brlapi_keyCode_t . It is hence pretty driver-
       independent, and should be used by default when no other option is possible.

       By default, all commands but those which restart drivers and switch virtual terminals are
       returned to the application and not to brltty. If the application doesn't want to see some
       command events, it should call brlapi_ignoreKeys()

       If some driver name was given to brlapi_enterTtyMode(), a raw keycode is returned, as
       specified by the terminal driver, usually in <brltty/brldefs-xy> where xy is the driver's
       code. It generally corresponds to the very code that the terminal tells to the driver.
       This should only be used by applications which are dedicated to a particular braille
       terminal. Hence, checking the terminal type thanks to a call to brlapi_getDriverName()
       before getting tty control is a pretty good idea.

       By default, all the keypresses will be passed to the client, none will go through brltty,
       so the application will have to handle console switching itself for instance.

       Parameters:
           wait tells whether the call should block until a key is pressed (1) or should only
           probe key presses (0);
           code holds the key code if a key press is indeed read.

       Returns:
           -1 on error or signal interrupt and *code is then undefined, 0 if block was 0 and no
           key was pressed so far, or 1 and *code holds the key code.

       Programming hints:

       If your application is only driven by braille command keypresses, you can just call
       brlapi_readKey(1, &code) so that it keeps blocking, waiting for keypresses.

       Else, you'll probably want to use the file descriptor returned by brlapi_openConnection()
       in your 'big polling loop'. For instance:

       · in a select() loop, just add it to the readfds and exceptfds file descriptor sets;

       · in a gtk or atspi application, use g_io_add_watch(fileDescriptor,
         G_IO_IN|G_IO_ERR|G_IO_HUP, f, data) for adding a callback called f;

       · in an Xt/Xaw/motif-based application, use XtAppAddInput(app_context, fileDescriptor,
         XtInputReadMask|XtInputExceptMask, f, data)

       · etc.

       and then, when you detect inbound trafic on the file descriptor, do something like this:

       while (brlapi_readKey(0, &code) { // process keycode code // ... }

       The while loop is needed for processing all pending key presses, else some of them may be
       left in libbrlapi's internal key buffer and you wouldn't get them immediately.

       Note:
           If the read is interrupted by a signal, brlapi_readKey() will return -1, brlapi_errno
           will be BRLAPI_ERROR_LIBCERR and errno will be EINTR.

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