Writes the data in an existing HPENDATA object to a serial buffer.

LONG PenDataToBuffer( HPENDATA hpndt, LPBYTE lpBuffer, LONG cbBuf, LPDWORD lpdwState )



Handle to the HPENDATA object.


Pointer to an empty buffer.


Size of the buffer in bytes. The buffer must be at least 64 bytes in size. If the buffer serves as an intermediate holding area, it need not be as large as the HPENDATA object. To read all data from the object in this case, the application must call PenDataToBuffer successively, each time copying the data from the buffer that lpBuffer points to before the next call. The example below illustrates this technique by writing an HPENDATA object in cbBuf increments to a file.


Address of a DWORD variable used by the system to maintain the transfer state. The DWORD variable must be initialized to 0 before the first call to PenDataToBuffer. Between successive calls to PenDataToBuffer, the application must not alter the value that lpdwState points to. lpdwState can be NULL to signify that the buffer is large enough to contain the entire HPENDATA object. This implies that subsequent calls to PenDataToBuffer are not necessary.

Return Value

If successful, PenDataToBuffer returns the number of bytes transferred into the buffer. If the size of the pen data is larger than the buffer, the return value is equal to the buffer size passed in cbBuf until the final transfer, when it is typically some smaller value. A value of 0 indicates no more data to transfer. If there is an error, one of the following negative values is returned:

Parameter or other unspecified error.
Memory error.
Invalid HPENDATA object.
Could not convert old HPENDATA object.


The buffer need not be large enough to accommodate the entire HPENDATA object. To allocate a buffer large enough for a single transfer, the application can determine the required size with the GetPenDataAttributes subfunction GPA_SIZE .


The following example shows how to save an HPENDATA object to a file (hfile) that has already been opened for writing. The length of the pen data is saved in the file before writing the pen data itself:

#define cbBufMax 1024

BOOL NEAR PASCAL WritePenData( HFILE hfile, HPENDATA hpndt )


BYTE lpbBuf[cbBufMax];

DWORD dwState = 0L; // Must initialize to zero

LONG cb;

LONG cbSize;

if (!hfile || !hpndt)

return FALSE;

// Get size and save to file

if (GetPenDataAttributes(hpndt, (LPVOID)&cbSize, GPA_SIZE) < 0)

return FALSE;

// write size of pen data to file so that it can be used while reading it back

if (_lwrite(hfile, &cbSize, sizeof(LONG)) == HFILE_ERROR)

return FALSE;

// Write the pen data in chunks, and repeat until done

while ((cb = PenDataToBuffer(hpndt, lpbBuf,

cbBufMax, &dwState )) > 0L)


if (_lwrite( hfile, lpbBuf, (UINT)cb ) == HFILE_ERROR)

return FALSE;


return (cb >= 0L); // Return TRUE if cb >= 0


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