forms()

curses extension for programming forms 

Curses Function


SYNOPSIS

#include <form.h>


DESCRIPTION

The forms() library provides terminal-independent facilities for composing form screens on character-cell terminals. The library includes: field routines, which create and modify form fields; and form routines, which group fields into forms, display forms on the screen, and handle interaction with the user.

The forms() library uses the curses libraries, and a curses initialization routine such as initscr() must be called before using any of these functions. To use the forms() library, link with the options -lform -lcurses.

Current Default Values for Field Attributes

The forms() library maintains a default value for field attributes. You can get or set this default by calling the appropriate get_ or set_ routine with a NULL field pointer. Changing this default with a set_ function affects future field creations, but does not change the rendering of fields already created.

Routine Name Index

The following table lists each form() routine and the name of the manual page on which it is described.

       curses Routine Name     Manual Page Name
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       current_field           form_page()
       data_ahead              form_data()
       data_behind             form_data()
       dup_field               form_field_new()
       dynamic_fieldinfo       form_field_info()
       field_arg               form_field_validation()
       field_back              form_field_attributes()
       field_buffer            form_field_buffer()
       field_count             form_field()
       field_fore              form_field_attributes()
       field_index             form_page()
       field_info              form_field_info()
       field_init              form_hook()
       field_just              form_field_just()
       field_opts              form_field_opts()
       field_opts_off          form_field_opts()
       field_opts_on           form_field_opts()
       field_pad               form_field_attributes()
       field_status            form_field_buffer()
       field_term              form_hook()
       field_type              form_field_validation()
       field_userptr           form_field_userptr()
       form_driver             form_driver()
       form_fields             form_field()
       form_init               form_hook()
       form_opts               form_opts()
       form_opts_off           form_opts()
       form_opts_on            form_opts()
       form_page               form_page()
       form_request_by_name    form_requestname()
       form_request_name       form_requestname()
       form_sub                form_win()
       form_term               form_hook()
       form_userptr            form_userptr()
       form_win                form_win()
       free_field              form_field_new()
       free_form               form_new()
       link_field              form_field_new()
       link_fieldtype          link_fieldtype()
       move_field              form_field()
       new_field               form_field_new()
       new_form                form_new()
       new_page                form_new_page()
       pos_form_cursor         form_cursor()
       post_form               form_post()
       scale_form              form_win()
       set_current_field       form_page()
       set_field_back          form_field_attributes()
       set_field_buffer        form_field_buffer()
       set_field_fore          form_field_attributes()
       set_field_init          form_hook()
       set_field_just          form_field_just()
       set_field_opts          form_field_opts()
       set_field_pad           form_field_attributes()
       set_field_status        form_field_buffer()
       set_field_term          form_hook()
       set_field_type          form_field_validation()
       set_field_userptr       form_field_userptr()
       set_fieldtype_arg       form_fieldtype()
       set_fieldtype_choice    form_fieldtype()
       set_form_fields         form_field()
       set_form_init           form_hook()
       set_form_opts           form_field_opts()
       set_form_page           form_page()
       set_form_sub            form_win()
       set_form_term           form_hook()
       set_form_userptr        form_userptr()
       set_form_win            form_win()
       set_max_field           form_field_buffer()
       set_new_page            form_new_page()
       unpost_form             form_post()

RETURN VALUES

Routines that return pointers return NULL on error. Routines that return an integer return one of the following error codes:

E_OK 

The routine succeeded.

E_CONNECTED 

The field is already connected to a form.

E_SYSTEM_ERROR 

System error occurred.

E_BAD_ARGUMENT 

Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argument.

E_POSTED 

The form is already posted.

E_BAD_STATE 

Routine was called from an initialization or termination function.

E_NO_ROOM 

Form is too large for its window.

E_NOT_POSTED 

The form has not been posted.

E_UNKNOWN_COMMAND 

The form driver code saw an unknown request code.

E_INVALID_FIELD 

Contents of a field are not valid.

E_NOT_CONNECTED 

No fields are connected to the form.

E_REQUEST_DENIED 

The form driver could not process the request.


NOTES

The header file <form.h> automatically includes the header files <curses.h> and <eti.h>.

In your library list, libform.a should be before libncurses.a; that is, you want to say -lform -lncurses, not the other way around (which would give you a link error using GNU ld and many other linkers).


PORTABILITY

These routines emulate the System V forms library. They were not supported on Version 7 or BSD versions.


AUTHORS

Juergen Pfeifer. Manual pages and adaptation for ncurses by Eric S. Raymond.


AVAILABILITY

PTC MKS Toolkit for Professional Developers
PTC MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers
PTC MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-Bit Edition


SEE ALSO

Functions:
curses(), form_cursor(), form_data(), form_driver(), form_field(), form_field_attributes(), form_field_buffer(), form_field_info(), form_field_just(), form_field_new(), form_field_opts(), form_field_userptr(), form_field_validation(), form_fieldtype(), form_hook(), form_new(), form_new_page(), form_opts(), form_page(), form_post(), form_requestname(), form_userptr(), form_win()


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