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Ninho(R)

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16.04.2011, 20:46
 

DOS mouse driver could convert wheel to arrow keypresses (Miscellaneous)

It has occurred to me - must have occurred to others before - that it would be
very useful to have the wheel mouse driver (optionally) convert messages
generated by the roulette into series of Up/DownArrow keyboard scancodes for
use with the overwhelming majority of DOS programs being unaware of the
wheel.

Unless I missed one, CTMouse is the sole wheel aware mouse driver for DOS,
and unless I missed smthng again, it doesn't have the suggested functionality :(


Do CTMouse maintainers hang out this way ? What about the idea ?

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RayeR(R)

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CZ,
18.04.2011, 13:49

@ Ninho

DOS mouse driver could convert wheel to arrow keypresses

> Do CTMouse maintainers hang out this way ? What about the idea ?

Afaik Eric Auer made last changes to CT mouse before 2-3 years so it seems to be abandoned now...

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Rugxulo(R)

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Usono,
18.04.2011, 22:13

@ RayeR

DOS mouse driver could convert wheel to arrow keypresses

> > Do CTMouse maintainers hang out this way ? What about the idea ?
>
> Afaik Eric Auer made last changes to CT mouse before 2-3 years so it seems
> to be abandoned now...

http://cutemouse.sourceforge.net/

Eric is now the de facto maintainer, having been given this permission from original author Daniel Nagy. Thus, he updated the website and switched from TASM to JWasm. I haven't heard any changes lately, though, at least not since 2.1 beta 4 (circa 2008). Apparently there was some JWasm version issues, and I can't remember, possibly Japheth updated the source for it, but that wasn't ever widely propagated (yet?).

Eric doesn't post on this forum, too busy I guess, but he does read it sometimes. Here's what he said:

> somebody on the BTTR forum wondered whether you can connect the mouse
> wheel to simulated arrow key key presses... This immediately reminded
> me of MOUSKEYS and interestingly, the author of version 3.05 which
> apparently is part of FreeDOS 1.0 is no other than Bret Johnson.
>
> I think he might be quite happy to add wheel use to his tool which
> fits the forum idea so well ;-)
>
> In any case I think mouse to keyboard mapping is better a separate
> tool, not a part of cutemouse.

Bret himself, today on freedos-user mailing list ("Problem with USB keyboard in some computers") said this: "I do intend to add support for wheels in the next version of MOUSKEYS, though I doubt that it will happen this year."

Just FYI ....

Ninho(R)

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18.04.2011, 22:15

@ RayeR

DOS mouse driver could convert wheel to arrow keypresses

>> Do CTMouse maintainers hang out this way ? What about the idea ?
>
> Afaik Eric Auer made last changes to CT mouse before 2-3 years so it seems
> to be abandoned now...

Mmmh, I see. Was/is there a newsgroup or mailing list where CTMouse
development would be on topic ? Or should I look for a FreeDOS forum ?

Rugxulo(R)

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Usono,
19.04.2011, 02:55

@ Ninho

DOS mouse driver could convert wheel to arrow keypresses

> Mmmh, I see. Was/is there a newsgroup or mailing list where CTMouse
> development would be on topic ? Or should I look for a FreeDOS forum ?

I don't know of any better place. Sure, you could try the freedos-user list or similar. But apparently you've already got the (passive) attention of Eric and Bret, and I can't think of any better people to contact about this. :-P

Ninho(R)

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21.04.2011, 15:17

@ Rugxulo

DOS mouse driver could convert wheel to arrow keypresses

> I don't know of any better place. Sure, you could try the freedos-user list
> or similar. But apparently you've already got the (passive) attention of
> Eric and Bret, and I can't think of any better people to contact about
> this. :-P

Good! I'll be waiting passively too ATM, cause
I'm currently focusing on another small thingie,viz adapting Japheth's
int 15/4F based keybgr, that was brought to my attention by a recent msg on
this board, to a French keyboard. At first glance I thought it would be
done and wrapped up in an hour's time, turns out the keybgr is insufficient
(I assume its author is aware and not minding of the shortcomings)
- hence I'll be coming back to that, with a new thread, within (x) days
when I've something satisfactory to show. I anticipate to be offering the
outcome to FreeDOS (if it's OK with Japheth, as this will still use in
majority /his/ code), and that my additions could be backported to the
German version also. Wait n see :=)

Thank you and Rayer for the heads up

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