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What would you like to do?
Detect keyboard layouts (azerty, qwertz, others) using SDL2
Distinguish azerty/qwerty/qwertz
After experimenting, must SDL_INIT_VIDEO and use
SDL_GetKeyFromScancode or SDL_GetScancodeFromKey
The mapping is cached by SDL2;
enable the event loop or use SDL_Quit to detect again.
Alternatively, just use layout-independent
scancodes in your application.
import sdl2
import sdl2.keyboard
import sdl2.keycode
from sdl2.keycode import *
# required, on Linux anyway
# unnecessary
assert sdl2.keyboard.SDL_GetScancodeFromName(b'A') == sdl2.keycode.SDL_SCANCODE_A == 4
assert sdl2.keyboard.SDL_GetKeyFromName(b'A') == ord('a') == b'a'[0] == 97
assert sdl2.keyboard.SDL_GetScancodeName(4) == b'A'
assert sdl2.keyboard.SDL_GetKeyName(97) == b'A'
# Mapping keys to a scancode (position) allows to discriminate layouts
for keycode in b'aqwzy':
print('{}: {}'.format(chr(keycode), sdl2.keyboard.SDL_GetScancodeFromKey(keycode)))
# Using the reverse mapping makes more sense;
# map select scancodes of the top row to a layout
keys = bytes(sdl2.keyboard.SDL_GetKeyFromScancode(sc) for sc in (SDL_SCANCODE_Q, SDL_SCANCODE_W, SDL_SCANCODE_Y))
if keys == b'qwy':
elif keys == b'azy':
elif keys == b'qwz':
elif keys == b'qwj':
elif keys == b'q,f':
elif keys == b'b\xe9y':
# SDL2 doesn't seem to map deadkey ^ and falls back to y
print('unknown', keys)
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