This member function can be used to specify the character value of a dead key. A dead key is a key, such as the umlaut (double-dot) character, that is combined with other characters to form a composite character. For example, the umlaut-O character consists of the dead key, umlaut, and the O key.
An application typically uses OnDeadChar to give the user feedback about each key pressed. For example, an application can display the accent in the current character position without moving the caret.
Since there is not necessarily a one-to-one correspondence between keys pressed and OnDeadChar calls, the information in nFlags is generally not useful to applications. The information in nFlags applies only to the most recent call to the OnKeyUp member function or the OnKeyDown member function that precedes the OnDeadChar call.
For IBM Enhanced 101- and 102-key keyboards, enhanced keys are the right ALT and the right CTRL keys on the main section of the keyboard; the INS, DEL, HOME, END, PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN, and arrow keys in the clusters to the left of the numeric keypad; and the slash (/) and ENTER keys in the numeric keypad. Some other keyboards may support the extended-key bit in nFlags.
This member function is called by the framework to allow your application to handle a Windows message. The parameters passed to your function reflect the parameters received by the framework when the message was received. If you call the base-class implementation of this function, that implementation will use the parameters originally passed with the message and not the parameters you supply to the function.