There are 3 ways to address an LED or a group of LEDs. A keyboard key has only one LED whereas the side pipes have many. Targeting a zone with many LEDs (again like the side pipes) will light up all its LEDs.
Addressing a zone as key code
A key code (e.g.
KEY_W) is a human readable representation of a zone. It is used to identify a location. It is language dependant (e.g. German A key is not at the same place as the English one).
Example of zones:
The above layout depicts the 5Q and X50Q keyboard layouts. The 4Q layout is shiftted by one, meaning that the
ESC key is at (0, 0).
Addressing a zone as a 2D coordinate XY (recommend)
A zone can be expressed as an X,Y point coordinate.
This is the recommanded way to address an LED because it is consistant across different layouts (EN, FR, etc…).
In the following picture the Q Key is atcoordinates 2,2.
Addressing a zone as a linear coordinate
A linear coordinate is a 1D number.
In the following picture the Q Key will be addressed with the coordinates 74.
NB: “|-F” = left pipe and “|-R” = right pipe