Returns the modifier mask the keymap’s windowing system backend uses for a particular purpose.

Note that this function always returns real hardware modifiers, not virtual ones (e.g. it will return GDK_MOD1_MASK rather than GDK_META_MASK if the backend maps MOD1 to META), so there are use cases where the return value of this function has to be transformed by Keymap.addVirtualModifiers in order to contain the expected result.

class Keymap


intent GdkModifierIntent

the use case for the modifier mask

Return Value

the modifier mask used for intent.