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Microsoft KB Archive/107427

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PSS ID Number: 107427

Article Last Modified on 10/16/2002



The information in this article applies to:

  • The C Run-Time (CRT), when used with:
    • Microsoft Visual C++, 32-bit Editions 1.0
    • Microsoft Visual C++, 32-bit Editions 2.0
    • Microsoft Visual C++, 32-bit Editions 2.1
    • Microsoft Visual C++, 32-bit Editions 4.0
    • Microsoft Visual C++, 32-bit Editions 4.1
    • Microsoft Visual C++, 32-bit Editions 4.2
    • Microsoft Visual C++, 32-bit Editions 5.0
    • Microsoft Visual C++, 32-bit Editions 6.0
    • Microsoft Visual C++ .NET (2002)



This article was previously published under Q107427


SYMPTOMS

The getch() run-time library function fails to return the correct extended character code for certain key sequences. There are two known situations in which incorrect codes are generated:

  • The ALT key is combined with the ASCII characters A - Z. -or-


  • The RIGHT CTRL key is combined with any of the function or editing keys.

With Visual C++ versions 2.x and later, only the first error (error with ALT key) occurs.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

MORE INFORMATION

In the sample code below, the ALT key combined with any ASCII character returns the ASCII character code instead of the extended character code. The RIGHT CTRL key combined with any of the function or editing keys also fails with Visual C++ 1.0, returning the code for the function or editing key alone. The LEFT CTRL key combined with a function key or editing key returns the correct code. The set of affected editing keys are: END, PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN, HOME, RIGHT ARROW, and LEFT ARROW.

The table below demonstrates some of the actual versus expected values that result when the sample below is run with the input shown:

Input            Expected          Actual                VC 6.0

ALT+C            0 - 2eH           63H    (C)             63H
RT CTRL+F4       0 - 61H         0 - 3eH  (F4)           0 - 61H
RT CTRL+PAGE UP  0 - 84H         0 - 49H  (PAGEUP)      e0 - 86H
RT CTRL+END      0 - 75H         0 - 4fH  (END)          0 - 75H
                

Sample Code

   /* Compile options needed: none
   */ 

   void main(void)
   {
      int testChar;

      do {
            testChar = getch();
            printf("%x - ", testChar);
            testChar = getch();
            printf("%x \n", testChar);
      } while (testChar != 0x001B);  /* Repeat until ESC key*/ 
   }
                


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