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    Reading the user's keystrokes

    How can I read a user's keystrokes in JavaScript? Every example I have seen requires you to create an input area, and then it associates the keystroke events with that area. I don't want anything like that. I want the user to be able to press a key at any time, no matter where the cursor happens to be, and get the desired action. For example, a user might press a question mark "?" and the webpage could display some help text, or maybe the user could type "X" and the page would cancel the previous action.

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    <script type = "text/javascript">
    document.onkeyup = function(ev) {	
    var key;
    ev = ev || event;
    key = ev.keyCode;
    alert ("Keycode = " + key);
    if (key == 13) {
    alert ("You pressed the ENTER key");
    if( ev.ctrlKey || ev.shiftKey ) {
    //alert ("You pressed the Control key or the Shift Key");
    return false;  // disregard
    which = String.fromCharCode(key).toUpperCase();
    if (key>=48 && key<=90) {
    alert ("You pressed the " + which + " key");  
    You should think carefully before introducing non-standard behaviour into your web pages. As you say, the script will trigger no matter where in the page the cursor is positioned.

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    Last edited by Philip M; 09-23-2012 at 10:46 AM.

    All the code given in this post has been tested and is intended to address the question asked.
    Unless stated otherwise it is not just a demonstration.


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