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Get a key code from a human-readable name.


SDL_Keycode SDL_GetKeyFromName(const char *name);

Function Parameters

name the human-readable key name

Return Value

Returns key code, or SDLK_UNKNOWN if the name wasn't recognized; call SDL_GetError() for more information.


This function is available since SDL 2.0.0.


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