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General discussions / Re: Better keyboard handling
« on: September 06, 2022, 10:06:13 am »
Mm, input bindings is an important feature. I map virtual keys -> "actions", which are just strings. For example, A and Left Arrow are bound to "menu_left". The game only listens for active actions, never actual keys. Notes:

I've added filters for e.g. initial press, release, and repeat events. E.g. GetAction("menu_left", Filter.Press) to get initial key press only.

Since I'm using virtual keys for input, the location of the key does not change on e.g. a DVORAK keyboard.

Allows seamless binding of e.g. gamepad input to actions as well.
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The system can retrieve the name of the keys that are bound to an action. E.g. ask for "menu_left", output the name of the virtual keys that are bound to it ("A" and "Left Arrow"). This relies on OS functions that returns the name of a given virtual key. When several names are returned, I just use the first on in the list when displaying it ingame.

Making a system like this is of course some work, but IMO worth the trouble.

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