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Xfc::Gdk::Device Class Reference

A GdkDevice C++ wrapper class. More...

#include <xfc/gdk/input.hh>

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Detailed Description

A GdkDevice C++ wrapper class.

In addition to the normal keyboard and mouse input devices, GTK+ also contains support for extended input devices. In particular, this support is targeted at graphics tablets. Graphics tablets typically return sub-pixel positioning information and possibly information about the pressure and tilt of the stylus. Under X, the support for extended devices is done through the XInput extension.

Because handling extended input devices may involve considerable overhead, they need to be turned on for each Gdk::Window individually using set_extension_events(). (Or, more typically, for Gtk::Widgets, using Gtk::Widget::set_extension_events()). As an additional complication, depending on the support from the windowing system, its possible that a normal mouse cursor will not be displayed for a particular extension device. If an application does not want to deal with displaying a cursor itself, it can ask only to get extension events from devices that will display a cursor, by passing the EXTENSION_EVENTS_CURSOR value to set_extension_events(). Otherwise, the application must retrieve the device information using list_devices(), check the has_cursor() accessor, and, if it returns false, draw a cursor itself when it receives motion events.

Each pointing device is assigned a unique integer ID; events from a particular device can be identified by the deviceid field in the event structure. The events generated by pointer devices have also been extended to contain pressure, xtilt and ytilt fields which contain the extended information reported as additional valuators from the device. The pressure field is a double value ranging from 0.0 to 1.0, while the tilt fields are double values ranging from -1.0 to 1.0. (With -1.0 representing the maximum tilt to the left or up, and 1.0 representing the maximum tilt to the right or down.)

One additional field in each event is the source field, which contains an enumeration value describing the type of device; this currently can be one of SOURCE_MOUSE, SOURCE_PEN, SOURCE_ERASER, or SOURCE_CURSOR. This field is present to allow simple applications to (for instance) delete when they detect eraser devices without having to keep track of complicated per-device settings.

Various aspects of each device may be configured. The easiest way of creating a GUI to allow the user to configure such a device is to use the GtkInputDialog widget in GTK+. XFC doesn't wrap GtkInputDialog because it is considered too specialized and will eventually be moved out of GTK+. If you use this widget, application writers will need to directly query and set the configuration parameters in order to save the state between invocations of the application. The configuration of devices is queried using list_devices(). Each device must be activated using set_mode(), which also controls whether the device's range is mapped to the entire screen or to a single window. The mapping of the valuators of the device onto the predefined valuator types is set using set_axis_use(). And the source type for each device can be set with set_source().

Devices may also have associated keys or macro buttons. Such keys can be globally set to map into normal X keyboard events. The mapping is set using set_key(). The interfaces in this section will most likely be considerably modified in the future to accomodate devices that may have different sets of additional valuators than the pressure xtilt and ytilt.


Constructor & Destructor Documentation

Xfc::Gdk::Device::Device ( GdkDevice *  device,
bool  owns_reference = true 
) [explicit, protected]

Construct a new Device from an existing GdkDevice.

Parameters:
device A pointer to a GdkDevice.
owns_reference Set false if the initial reference count is floating, set true if it's not.
The device can be a newly created GdkDevice or an existing GdkDevice. (see G::Object::Object).

Xfc::Gdk::Device::Device ( GdkDevice *  device,
bool  owns_reference = true 
) [explicit, protected]

Construct a new Device from an existing GdkDevice.

Parameters:
device A pointer to a GdkDevice.
owns_reference Set false if the initial reference count is floating, set true if it's not.
The device can be a newly created GdkDevice or an existing GdkDevice. (see G::Object::Object).


Member Function Documentation

void Xfc::Gdk::Device::get_state ( Window window,
double *  axes,
ModifierTypeField mask 
) const

Gets the current state of the device.

Parameters:
window A Gdk::Window.
axes An array of doubles to store the values of the axes of device in, or null.
mask The location to store the modifiers, or null.

bool Xfc::Gdk::Device::get_history ( Window window,
unsigned long  start,
unsigned long  stop,
GdkTimeCoord ***  events,
int *  n_events 
) const

Obtains the motion history for a device, given a starting and ending timestamp, and returns all events in the motion history for the given time range.

Parameters:
window The window with respect to which which the event coordinates will be reported.
start The starting timestamp for range of events to return.
stop The ending timestamp for the range of events to return.
events The location to store a newly-allocated array of GdkTimeCoord, or null.
n_events The location to store the length of events, or null.
Returns:
true if the windowing system supports motion history and at least one event was found.
Some windowing systems do not support motion history, in which case, false will be returned. This is not distinguishable from the case where motion history is supported and no events were found. If successful, the vector contents must be freed by calling free_history();

bool Xfc::Gdk::Device::get_axis ( double *  axes,
AxisUse  use,
double *  value 
) const

Interprets an array of double as axis values for a given device, and locates the value in the array for a given axis use.

Parameters:
axes The pointer to an array of axes.
use The use to look for.
value The location to store the found value.
Returns:
true if the given axis use was found, otherwise false.

static Device* Xfc::Gdk::Device::get_core_pointer ( const Display display = 0  )  [static]

Returns the core pointer device for display.

Parameters:
display The Display, or null for the default display.
This device is owned by the display and should not be unreferenced.

void Xfc::Gdk::Device::set_source ( InputSource  source  ) 

Sets the source type for the input device.

Parameters:
source The source type.

bool Xfc::Gdk::Device::set_mode ( InputMode  mode  ) 

Sets the mode of an input device.

Parameters:
mode The input mode.
Returns:
true if the mode was successfully changed.
The mode controls if the device is active and whether the device's range is mapped to the entire screen or to a single window.

void Xfc::Gdk::Device::set_key ( unsigned int  index,
unsigned int  keyval,
ModifierTypeField  modifiers 
)

Specifies the X key event to generate when a macro button of a device is pressed.

Parameters:
index The index of the macro button to set.
keyval The keyval to generate.
modifiers The modifiers to set.

void Xfc::Gdk::Device::set_axis_use ( unsigned int  index,
AxisUse  use 
)

Specifies how an axis of a device is used.

Parameters:
index The index of the axis.
use Specifies how the axis is used.

static void Xfc::Gdk::Device::free_history ( GdkTimeCoord **  events,
int  n_events 
) [static]

Frees the array of GdkTimeCoord that was returned by get_history().

Parameters:
events An array of GdkTimeCoord.
n_events The length of the array.


The documentation for this class was generated from the following file: Xfce Foundation Classes
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