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nathanas
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Cant send input in English when other language selected

Post by nathanas » 04 Feb 2020, 16:12

Hi there.
I am using lmc_send_input in order to use commands like Ctrl+W, Ctrl+C etc. These commands work in all languages.

But I needed to type "q" in notepad when my secondary language is selected (NOT english)

I tried:
lmc_send_input(81,0,4)
lmc_send_input(81,0,6)

But unfortunately when I have another language selected it doesnt type, or it types strange characters. Everything works fine when I have English language selected.

Is there a fix so that I can type in English when if I have another language selected in my windows 10 keyboard?
Can you point me out to the right direction on fixing this?

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Re: Cant send input in English when other language selected

Post by admin » 05 Feb 2020, 08:59

lmc is quite transparent with lmc_send_input, it just pass the parameters to windows api function sendinput: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/window ... -sendinput
Honestly I have no idea how this function behaves when different keyboard layouts (or languages) are active. You can try to google it.
The only thing I tried are unicode characters (emoji) mentioned in different topic here - for those special chars you need to call sendInput twice and maybe it could also work for regular characters but with different keyboard. I did some tests (to send special unicode chars by double call) but was not able to make it working...
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Re: Cant send input in English when other language selected

Post by nathanas » 06 Feb 2020, 02:33

It really prints ";" instead of "q" when greek language is selected, which is something that happens when you also type with physical keyboard. I need to use latin characters only . Is it possible?

Or else is it possible for me to detect the current selected keyboard language and then change it on keypress?
Can you please provide a workaround on this?
Is os.setlocale() supported? Please see the link https://www.gammon.com.au/scripts/doc.p ... .setlocale

Is it possible to use C++ inside lua?
I could use something like
string lang = InputLanguage.CurrentInputLanguage.Culture.Name;

or

string StrCurrentLang = InputLanguage.CurrentInputLanguage.Culture.TwoLetterISOLanguageName;

so that I could check which is the user language and then change it.
You can find more here:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/277 ... e-computer

Is this possible?

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Re: Cant send input in English when other language selected

Post by admin » 06 Feb 2020, 08:56

You can't use C++ code instead of lua.
I would need to add some built-in functions to detect and/or change keyboard layout.
You can rise feature request at github, but these days I'm active at different sw projects so luamacros is put on hold a little bit.
Can't promise when I do some next development.
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Re: Cant send input in English when other language selected

Post by nathanas » 06 Feb 2020, 14:10

I think it would be an awesome feature.
If you ever add this feature, please leave a reply here.

I found a workaround though (to force the characters in english) by setting a Hotkey Combination or Ctrl+Shift+0 in Settings -> Time & Language -> Language -> Choose an input method to always use as default (at the bottom) -> Language Bar Options -> Advanced Key Settings. There I set a specific Hotkey only for English keyboard.

Then all I had to do to force the characters in English is to use before the typing the code below:

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      lmc_send_input(17, 0, 0) -- press control
      lmc_send_input(16, 0, 0) -- press shift
      lmc_send_input(48, 0, 0) -- press 0
      lmc_send_input(48, 0, 2) -- release 0
      lmc_send_input(17, 0, 2) -- release control
      lmc_send_input(16, 0, 2) -- release shift 

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