It would be useful to be able to define handlers for key presses on a per-control basis. For example, it is common to end text entry with a press of the “Enter” key; the action on that key press could be different depending on the control. I have tried to define different accelerator tables for different controls, but that doesn’t work. Is this something that is broken, hasn’t yet been implemented or is that way by design? I see that there is an {-accel} key for every control’s hash, but I haven’t figured out how to use it.

 

I have also tried to handle the “KeyUp/KeyDown” events, but they don’t ever seem to fire. To which controls do those events apply?

 

The only way I have found to do this is to define a window-level accelerator table and perform the relevant action depending on which control has focus. That’s ugly and it’s a pain to get the control’s name from its handle (perhaps that would be a useful method to build into the module). Even that is not trivial in the case of, say, a combobox, where it isn’t the combobox itself that has focus, but the dynamically created child edit control.

 

Has anybody come up with an elegant solution for this?

 

Glenn