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ID: 17837, Multi-line comments Keybinding for Delphi and C++ Builder

by Nafis Sadykov Email: Anonymous

Keybinding for both Delphi and C++Builder editors (versions 5 and 6). Introduces 'Ctrl+/' shortcut for fast multi-line (JBuilder-style) commenting.
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Updated on Sun, 05 May 2002 21:16:55 GMT
Originally uploaded on Tue, 23 Apr 2002 18:46:20 GMT
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Keybinding for both Delphi and C++Builder editors (versions 5 and 6). Introduces 'Ctrl+/' shortcut for fast multi-line (JBuilder-style) commenting.

How it works: Select a text block (with a mouse) and press 'Ctrl+/' to comment/uncomment the lines contained.

Quite useful when one needs to comment and uncomment multiple lines of code often (e.g. during debugging).

Installation: just install as if you'd install a new component (pressing "Component-> Install Component" IDE menu), then compile and install the resulting package.
Note: for C++Builder - don't forget to add the path to your Builder's Source\ToolsAPI folder to your package's library path (in Project Options) to compile.

Notes on implementation:

Implementation would have been pretty straightforward except for the fact that, due to some reasons, 'Ctrl+/' shortcut (and some others) are just not caught by IDE for us when implementing IOTAKeyboardBinding in a usual way.

So we need some additional steps to take:

1) Use IOTAKeyBindingServices.SetDefaultKeyProc() to define our own callback for all the shortcuts pressed, so that we could sort them out ourselves.
That step doesn’t help much by itself. Though all the shortcuts are reported duly to our callback – ALL of them come with the same(!) KeyCode parameter (possibly due to some IOTA bug).
So, there seems to be no way of differentiating between the shortcuts in our default key procedure. Except to

2) Use GetKeyboardState() WinAPI call to check the pressed keys independently.

Using the both steps above to overcome the current IOTA key binding services limitation lets us get our 'Ctrl+/' shortcut nicely.
The rest of the code is pretty straightforward.
06 May, 2002 - slightly improved version uploaded .

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