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Joined: 27 May 2010
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Posted: 27 May 2010 07:50:38 pm    Post subject:

Alright, just starting out here with TI assembly. I've done some user input with GetKey and GetCSC but those give me key codes and scan codes. How do I just get a number, like if the user pressed 7, how do I get that (to be stored into A or something)? I can see how I could use GetKey and subtract $8E from the Key Code to give me the number, but what about GetCSC? There's no such pattern and I don't want to fill up space with a look-up table if possible. Using the ports seems to have an even more random pattern. What's a good way to do this if I don't want to use GetKey? Seems like it should be easy, considering some people might use their calculators for MATH (which I hear uses numbers).

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Posted: 27 May 2010 08:58:36 pm    Post subject:

No, there's no easy way out that you've missed. :)

The values returned by GetCSC correspond directly to the keypad hardware, and as you can see, they don't have much of anything to do with the labels on the keys. The GetKey routine has an internal lookup table that it uses to translate these "raw" GetCSC values into more logical key codes, but there's no OS-independent way for assembly programs to use that table. You either need to include your own lookup table, or else come up with a clever trick to avoid it.

Sadly, the cleverest trick I can think of at the moment is 24 bytes:


    ; input: A = scan code returned by GetCSC
    sub sk0
    jr z,number_ok
    dec a
    ld b,a
    and 7
    cp 3
    jr nc,not_a_number
    ld c,a
    sub b
    cp 3
    jr nc,not_a_number
    adc a,c
    add a,c
    add a,c
    ; A = numeric value 0-9

Whereas the following table-based version is only 21 bytes:


    ld hl,num_key_table
    ld bc,10
    jr nz,not_a_number
    ld a,c


num_key_table:  .db sk9, sk8, sk7, sk6, sk5, sk4, sk3, sk2, sk1, sk0
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Joined: 22 Jan 2007
Posts: 770

Posted: 29 May 2010 10:03:58 pm    Post subject:

That look-up table method actually seems pretty clever to me. Nice job.
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