I have searched both here and using google. The | (pipe) symbol is the bitwise OR operator, but I can't find anything specific to my problem. Here is an example from the Cinema4D Python SDK and has an argument flags where you can set multiple IDs separated by the | symbol.
What is this specifically and how do I access the IDs in the function below?
ID_OK = 100
ID_CANCEL = 101
Flags like this are sometimes called "bit-masks". If you define them as hexadecimal you will find them much easier to use.
You can use binary
& to determine if the flag is set. For example:
ID_OK = 0x01 ID_CANCEL = 0x10 def Func(flags): print "0x%02x" % (flags) if flags & ID_OK: print "ID_OK" if flags & ID_CANCEL: print "ID_CANCEL" print return Func(ID_OK) Func(ID_CANCEL) Func(ID_OK|ID_CANCEL)
0x01 ID_OK 0x10 ID_CANCEL 0x11 ID_OK ID_CANCEL
Flags are usually larger than this. If you have a small number of flags then it is much simpler if you can reserve one nybble for each flag.