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General mouse movement input design

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Shambles    122
Hi, I''m having trouble figuring out which input design is best. My target is this: 1. Use the same sensitivity for the mouse as the user uses for the desktop (whichever OS.) 2. All buttons must only receive messages telling them what happened. (eg. EVENT_MOUSEMOVE, EVENT_MOUSEDOWN) Currently I use buffered data to trigger events.
  while (!input_done) {
Input.GetMouseBuffer(&buffer);

//check if nothing was gotten from buffer...

...

switch (buffer.data_type) {
case BUTTON0:
case BUTTON1:
case BUTTON2:
case BUTTON3:
if (buffer.data & 0x80)
event(EVENT_MOUSEDOWN, buffer.data_type);
else
if (event(EVENT_MOUSEUP, buffer.data_type))
input_done = true; // exit loop

break;

case MM_X:
case MM_Y:
if (!mousemoved) {
mousemoved = true;
Cursor.UpdatePos();
event(EVENT_MOUSEMOVE, NULL);
}
break;
}
}  
As you see, I''m not using buffered mouse movement like its supposed to be used. Perhaps there is a better way to get mousemove events, because I dont want to update the mouse position every frame (unless that is the real answer.) I also dont want it to be too platform specific unless the method used can be used on practicly all platforms.

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Oluseyi    2103
quote:
Original post by Shambles
...I dont want to update the mouse position every frame (unless that is the real answer.)

Why not? Every one else does. (And I mean everyone - including OSes).

quote:

I also dont want it to be too platform specific...

Messaging mechanism differ. Some platforms/APIs/languages send event notifications, others use signals and slots... If you don''t want to be platform specific, write to an abstraction layer like SDL.