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Exploring Secrets of .NET Keystroke Handling

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Executive Summary

Few areas in .NET are seemingly as simple yet deceptively challenging as processing keyboard inputs. This situation is exacerbated because neither the MSDN documentation nor any of the excellent .NET support websites provide comprehensive, practical details about handling keystrokes. Enter Keystroke Sandbox, a small application developed just for this paper. Keystroke Sandbox shows graphically what happens when one presses a single key or a combination of keys. Furthermore, it lets the user customize its environment at runtime to emulate a variety of the most common Windows Forms application patterns, including both enabling/disabling controls to receive or ignore input as well as simulating consuming keystrokes at different stages and using different controls.

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