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    Prevent spaces in username, possible?

    Anyone know a way to prevent users accidentally putting spaces when typing in their username? It is one of the biggest issues for children logging in.

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    Remove all spacebars! Muahahahha!

    On a serious note: I don't think so, no, what if you had a space in your username?

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    It is an issue, but they're going to have to learn sooner or later that " jsmith" is not the same as "jsmith" or "jsmith ". Same goes for passwords.
    Have you tried telling them to press crtl-a and delete before entering their username? <not a serious suggestion>

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    This is a training issue for whoever inputs the data.

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    I am looking into something called scancode. I plan to use it disable the spacebar then use another program to reenable the spacebar once the user has logged in. I will probably disable caps lock as well.

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    I could wipe up a exe that disables the spacebar via the scancodes (easy to do)(or any other key), but it won't work at login screen. That's a secured screen....

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    I thought scancode changes were global once put into the registry? I was mistaken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGoodGuy View Post
    I am looking into something called scancode. I plan to use it disable the spacebar then use another program to reenable the spacebar once the user has logged in. I will probably disable caps lock as well.
    Noo, that's a good password addition

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    You can still use shift for doing caps....

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    You'll end up doing all this, and a smart kid will still enter a space by pressing [ALT] [3] & [2] !

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    Referring of course to spaces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGoodGuy View Post
    I thought scancode changes were global once put into the registry? I was mistaken?
    If you plan on making the changes in the registry, then it might work. But I doubt you will be able to change it once a person logs in without a reboot.

    I actually remap the keyboard via scancode in my edulocker program.

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    I just have to work out the codes I need for the registry. If only I had time for such a thing. (I support in class as well, hence why it would save my time if I can sort this out)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYK-IT View Post
    You'll end up doing all this, and a smart kid will still enter a space by pressing [ALT] [3] & [2] !
    If they really wanted to be annoying they could work out how to change their password to one with spaces in.

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    New plan: MSKLC, make my own keyboard layout and apply that!

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