MirBSD manpage: form(3)

form(3)             UNIX Programmer's Manual              form(3)


     form - curses extension for programming forms


     #include <form.h>


     The form 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 form 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 form library, link
     with the options -lform -lcurses.

     Current Default Values for Field Attributes

     The form library maintains a default value for field attri-
     butes.  You can get or set this default by calling the
     appropriate set_ or retrieval 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
     current_field          form_page(3)
     data_ahead             form_data(3)
     data_behind            form_data(3)
     dup_field              form_field_new(3)
     dynamic_fieldinfo      form_field_info(3)
     field_arg              form_field_validation(3)
     field_back             form_field_attributes(3)
     field_buffer           form_field_buffer(3)
     field_count            form_field(3)
     field_fore             form_field_attributes(3)
     field_index            form_page(3)
     field_info             form_field_info(3)
     field_init             form_hook(3)
     field_just             form_field_just(3)
     field_opts             form_field_opts(3)

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     field_opts_off         form_field_opts(3)
     field_opts_on          form_field_opts(3)
     field_pad              form_field_attributes(3)
     field_status           form_field_buffer(3)
     field_term             form_hook(3)
     field_type             form_field_validation(3)
     field_userptr          form_field_userptr(3)
     form_driver            form_driver(3)
     form_fields            form_field(3)
     form_init              form_hook(3)
     form_opts              form_opts(3)
     form_opts_off          form_opts(3)
     form_opts_on           form_opts(3)
     form_page              form_page(3)
     form_request_by_name   form_requestname(3)
     form_request_name      form_requestname(3)
     form_sub               form_win(3)
     form_term              form_hook(3)
     form_userptr           form_userptr(3)
     form_win               form_win(3)
     free_field             form_field_new(3)
     free_form              form_new(3)
     link_field             form_field_new(3)
     link_fieldtype         form_fieldtype(3)
     move_field             form_field(3)
     new_field              form_field_new(3)
     new_form               form_new(3)
     new_page               form_new_page(3)
     pos_form_cursor        form_cursor(3)
     post_form              form_post(3)
     scale_form             form_win(3)
     set_current_field      form_page(3)
     set_field_back         form_field_attributes(3)
     set_field_buffer       form_field_buffer(3)
     set_field_fore         form_field_attributes(3)
     set_field_init         form_hook(3)
     set_field_just         form_field_just(3)
     set_field_opts         form_field_opts(3)
     set_field_pad          form_field_attributes(3)
     set_field_status       form_field_buffer(3)
     set_field_term         form_hook(3)
     set_field_type         form_field_validation(3)
     set_field_userptr      form_field_userptr(3)
     set_fieldtype_arg      form_fieldtype(3)
     set_fieldtype_choice   form_fieldtype(3)
     set_form_fields        form_field(3)
     set_form_init          form_hook(3)
     set_form_opts          form_field_opts(3)
     set_form_page          form_page(3)
     set_form_sub           form_win(3)
     set_form_term          form_hook(3)
     set_form_userptr       form_userptr(3)

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     set_form_win           form_win(3)
     set_max_field          form_field_buffer(3)
     set_new_page           form_new_page(3)
     unpost_form            form_post(3)


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

     E_OK The routine succeeded.

          The field is already connected to a form.

          System error occurred (see errno).

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

          The form is already posted.

          Routine was called from an initialization or termina-
          tion function.

          Form is too large for its window.

          The form has not been posted.

          The form driver code saw an unknown request code.

          Contents of a field are not valid.

          No fields are connected to the form.

          The form driver could not process the request.


     curses(3) and related pages whose names begin "form_" for
     detailed descriptions of the entry points.


     The header file <form.h> automatically includes the header

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     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(1) and many other linkers).


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


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

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