Step 3: PE_GETPCMINFO Submessage
If the application calls DefWindowProc
to process the PE_SETTARGETS submessage, every descendant of the window that
received PE_SETTARGETS receives a PE_GETPCMINFO message. This message is so
named because it gets information about the pen collection mode
(PCM). The PCM describes the system state during an input session when the
pen is writing and not operating as a mouse.
PE_GETPCMINFO gives each target the opportunity to:
- Proclaim or disclaim itself as a valid target.
- Specify termination conditions, such as timeout or range.
- Identify areas in which tapping terminates the input session.
- Do any combination of the above.
In processing PE_GETPCMINFO, the child window must fill in a PCMINFO
structure that describes how pen interaction should proceed. If the candidate
window wishes to receive input from the pen and become a true target, it can
provide the coordinates of a bounding rectangle in the rectBound
member of PCMINFO
. The bounding rectangle constitutes the target area of the child window;
inking that occurs within or nearest a bounding rectangle is sent to the window
associated with the rectangle. If the child window does not process PE_GETPCMINFO,
Windows does not consider the window a candidate for pen input but also does
not prevent ink from overwriting the window.
collects all bounding rectangles and exclusion rectangles provided by the
descendant windows and creates a master PCMINFO
structure that describes the situation.
For information about how to initialize and make changes to a PCMINFO
structure, see the "Starting the Chain of Events" section in Chapter 3, "The
Writing Process." See Chapter 11, "Pen Application Programming Interface
Structures," for descriptions of the structure members.
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