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Elite on the BBC Micro

Keyboard: TT217 (Cassette version)

Name: TT217 [View in context] Type: Subroutine [Compare versions] Category: Keyboard Summary: Scan the keyboard until a key is pressed
Scan the keyboard until a key is pressed, and return the key's ASCII code. If, on entry, a key is already being held down, then wait until that key is released first (so this routine detects the first key down event following the subroutine call). Returns: X The ASCII code of the key that was pressed A Contains the same as X Y Y is preserved Other entry points: out Contains an RTS
.TT217 STY YSAV \ Store Y in temporary storage, so we can restore it \ later .t JSR DELAY-5 \ Delay for 8 vertical syncs (8/50 = 0.16 seconds) so we \ don't take up too much CPU time while looping round JSR RDKEY \ Scan the keyboard for a key press and return the \ internal key number in X (or 0 for no key press) BNE t \ If a key was already being held down when we entered \ this routine, keep looping back up to t, until the \ key is released .t2 JSR RDKEY \ Any pre-existing key press is now gone, so we can \ start scanning the keyboard again, returning the \ internal key number in X (or 0 for no key press) BEQ t2 \ Keep looping up to t2 until a key is pressed TAY \ Copy A to Y, so Y contains the internal key number \ of the key pressed LDA (TRTB%),Y \ The address in TRTB% points to the MOS key \ translation table, which is used to translate \ internal key numbers to ASCII, so this fetches the \ key's ASCII code into A LDY YSAV \ Restore the original value of Y we stored above TAX \ Copy A into X .out RTS \ Return from the subroutine