Thread: Do arrow keys have two ascii values

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    Do arrow keys have two ascii values

    When we press arrow key.Then do we get two ascii values corresponding to one arrow key???
    int main()
    If we enter any arrow key in program from above code.We'll get 0 once and scan code in next getch().Why???

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    Its giving 0 because you are returing 0, remove the bracets. It should just read 'return 0;'

    As to the answer to your question, im not sure, sorry.

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    If your keyboard works with ANSI escape codes, then an arrow key is actually input as a set of characters.

    For more information on ANSI escape codes, have a look here.

    If your system doesn't work with ANSI escape codes, keyboard input may occur in a variety of means. For example, under windows, an arrow key results in a specific windows message being sent to your application (which routes the event to the affected window). If you're working with that though, you will not be using functions like getch().

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    The short version is that arrow keys don't have an ASCII value at all. Only printable characters and a few control characters (newline, bell ring, page feed, ...) have ASCII values.
    You can look up an ASCII table if you want.
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    getch() and other keyboard input functions return two integers for all special keys, such as arrow keys and function keys (F1, F2, ... F10). When getch() returns 0 or 224 as the first value, then a special key was pressed and the program must call getch() again to get the key's integer value. That integer value duplicates one of the standard ascii values of other keys and your program may have to should encode it to make it distingushable from normal ascii keys. I normally make it a negative value, but other programmers may add 255 to it.
    int key;
    key = getch();
    if(key == 0 || key == 224)
       key = getch() + 255;

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