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40 <H1>form 3x</H1>
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42 <PRE>
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44 <STRONG><A HREF="form.3x.html">form(3x)</A></STRONG>                                                       <STRONG><A HREF="form.3x.html">form(3x)</A></STRONG>
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48
49 </PRE>
50 <H2>NAME</H2><PRE>
51        <STRONG>form</STRONG> - curses extension for programming forms
52
53
54 </PRE>
55 <H2>SYNOPSIS</H2><PRE>
56        <STRONG>#include</STRONG> <STRONG>&lt;form.h&gt;</STRONG>
57
58
59 </PRE>
60 <H2>DESCRIPTION</H2><PRE>
61        The  <STRONG>form</STRONG> library provides terminal-independent facilities
62        for composing form screens  on  character-cell  terminals.
63        The  library  includes:  field  routines, which create and
64        modify form fields; and form routines, which group  fields
65        into forms, display forms on the screen, and handle inter-
66        action with the user.
67
68        The <STRONG>form</STRONG> library uses the <STRONG>curses</STRONG> libraries.   To  use  the
69        <STRONG>form</STRONG> library, link with the options <STRONG>-lform</STRONG> <STRONG>-lcurses</STRONG>.
70
71        Your program should set up the locale, e.g.,
72
73             <STRONG>setlocale(LC_ALL,</STRONG> <STRONG>"");</STRONG>
74
75        so that input/output processing will work.
76
77        A  curses  initialization  routine such as <STRONG>initscr</STRONG> must be
78        called before using any of these functions.
79
80    <STRONG>Current</STRONG> <STRONG>Default</STRONG> <STRONG>Values</STRONG> <STRONG>for</STRONG> <STRONG>Field</STRONG> <STRONG>Attributes</STRONG>
81        The <STRONG>form</STRONG> library  maintains  a  default  value  for  field
82        attributes.   You  can  get or set this default by calling
83        the appropriate <STRONG>set_</STRONG> or  retrieval  routine  with  a  <STRONG>NULL</STRONG>
84        field pointer.  Changing this default with a <STRONG>set_</STRONG> function
85        affects future field creations, but does  not  change  the
86        rendering of fields already created.
87
88    <STRONG>Routine</STRONG> <STRONG>Name</STRONG> <STRONG>Index</STRONG>
89        The  following  table lists each <STRONG>form</STRONG> routine and the name
90        of the manual page on which it is described.
91
92        <STRONG>curses</STRONG> Routine Name    Manual Page Name
93        -------------------------------------------------
94        current_field          <STRONG><A HREF="form_page.3x.html">form_page(3x)</A></STRONG>
95        data_ahead             <STRONG><A HREF="form_data.3x.html">form_data(3x)</A></STRONG>
96        data_behind            <STRONG><A HREF="form_data.3x.html">form_data(3x)</A></STRONG>
97        dup_field              <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_new.3x.html">form_field_new(3x)</A></STRONG>
98        dynamic_field_info     <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_info.3x.html">form_field_info(3x)</A></STRONG>
99        field_arg              <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_validation.3x.html">form_field_validation(3x)</A></STRONG>
100        field_back             <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_attributes.3x.html">form_field_attributes(3x)</A></STRONG>
101        field_buffer           <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_buffer.3x.html">form_field_buffer(3x)</A></STRONG>
102        field_count            <STRONG><A HREF="form_field.3x.html">form_field(3x)</A></STRONG>
103        field_fore             <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_attributes.3x.html">form_field_attributes(3x)</A></STRONG>
104        field_index            <STRONG><A HREF="form_page.3x.html">form_page(3x)</A></STRONG>
105        field_info             <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_info.3x.html">form_field_info(3x)</A></STRONG>
106        field_init             <STRONG><A HREF="form_hook.3x.html">form_hook(3x)</A></STRONG>
107        field_just             <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_just.3x.html">form_field_just(3x)</A></STRONG>
108        field_opts             <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_opts.3x.html">form_field_opts(3x)</A></STRONG>
109        field_opts_off         <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_opts.3x.html">form_field_opts(3x)</A></STRONG>
110        field_opts_on          <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_opts.3x.html">form_field_opts(3x)</A></STRONG>
111        field_pad              <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_attributes.3x.html">form_field_attributes(3x)</A></STRONG>
112        field_status           <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_buffer.3x.html">form_field_buffer(3x)</A></STRONG>
113        field_term             <STRONG><A HREF="form_hook.3x.html">form_hook(3x)</A></STRONG>
114        field_type             <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_validation.3x.html">form_field_validation(3x)</A></STRONG>
115
116        field_userptr          <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_userptr.3x.html">form_field_userptr(3x)</A></STRONG>
117        form_driver            <STRONG><A HREF="form_driver.3x.html">form_driver(3x)</A></STRONG>
118        form_fields            <STRONG><A HREF="form_field.3x.html">form_field(3x)</A></STRONG>
119        form_init              <STRONG><A HREF="form_hook.3x.html">form_hook(3x)</A></STRONG>
120        form_opts              <STRONG><A HREF="form_opts.3x.html">form_opts(3x)</A></STRONG>
121        form_opts_off          <STRONG><A HREF="form_opts.3x.html">form_opts(3x)</A></STRONG>
122        form_opts_on           <STRONG><A HREF="form_opts.3x.html">form_opts(3x)</A></STRONG>
123        form_page              <STRONG><A HREF="form_page.3x.html">form_page(3x)</A></STRONG>
124        form_request_by_name   <STRONG><A HREF="form_requestname.3x.html">form_requestname(3x)</A></STRONG>
125        form_request_name      <STRONG><A HREF="form_requestname.3x.html">form_requestname(3x)</A></STRONG>
126        form_sub               <STRONG><A HREF="form_win.3x.html">form_win(3x)</A></STRONG>
127        form_term              <STRONG><A HREF="form_hook.3x.html">form_hook(3x)</A></STRONG>
128        form_userptr           <STRONG><A HREF="form_userptr.3x.html">form_userptr(3x)</A></STRONG>
129        form_win               <STRONG><A HREF="form_win.3x.html">form_win(3x)</A></STRONG>
130        free_field             <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_new.3x.html">form_field_new(3x)</A></STRONG>
131        free_fieldtype         <STRONG><A HREF="form_fieldtype.3x.html">form_fieldtype(3x)</A></STRONG>
132        free_form              <STRONG><A HREF="form_new.3x.html">form_new(3x)</A></STRONG>
133        link_field             <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_new.3x.html">form_field_new(3x)</A></STRONG>
134        link_fieldtype         <STRONG><A HREF="form_fieldtype.3x.html">form_fieldtype(3x)</A></STRONG>
135        move_field             <STRONG><A HREF="form_field.3x.html">form_field(3x)</A></STRONG>
136        new_field              <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_new.3x.html">form_field_new(3x)</A></STRONG>
137        new_fieldtype          <STRONG><A HREF="form_fieldtype.3x.html">form_fieldtype(3x)</A></STRONG>
138        new_form               <STRONG><A HREF="form_new.3x.html">form_new(3x)</A></STRONG>
139        new_page               <STRONG><A HREF="form_new_page.3x.html">form_new_page(3x)</A></STRONG>
140        pos_form_cursor        <STRONG><A HREF="form_cursor.3x.html">form_cursor(3x)</A></STRONG>
141        post_form              <STRONG><A HREF="form_post.3x.html">form_post(3x)</A></STRONG>
142        scale_form             <STRONG><A HREF="form_win.3x.html">form_win(3x)</A></STRONG>
143        set_current_field      <STRONG><A HREF="form_page.3x.html">form_page(3x)</A></STRONG>
144        set_field_back         <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_attributes.3x.html">form_field_attributes(3x)</A></STRONG>
145        set_field_buffer       <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_buffer.3x.html">form_field_buffer(3x)</A></STRONG>
146        set_field_fore         <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_attributes.3x.html">form_field_attributes(3x)</A></STRONG>
147        set_field_init         <STRONG><A HREF="form_hook.3x.html">form_hook(3x)</A></STRONG>
148        set_field_just         <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_just.3x.html">form_field_just(3x)</A></STRONG>
149        set_field_opts         <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_opts.3x.html">form_field_opts(3x)</A></STRONG>
150        set_field_pad          <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_attributes.3x.html">form_field_attributes(3x)</A></STRONG>
151        set_field_status       <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_buffer.3x.html">form_field_buffer(3x)</A></STRONG>
152        set_field_term         <STRONG><A HREF="form_hook.3x.html">form_hook(3x)</A></STRONG>
153        set_field_type         <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_validation.3x.html">form_field_validation(3x)</A></STRONG>
154        set_field_userptr      <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_userptr.3x.html">form_field_userptr(3x)</A></STRONG>
155        set_fieldtype_arg      <STRONG><A HREF="form_fieldtype.3x.html">form_fieldtype(3x)</A></STRONG>
156        set_fieldtype_choice   <STRONG><A HREF="form_fieldtype.3x.html">form_fieldtype(3x)</A></STRONG>
157        set_form_fields        <STRONG><A HREF="form_field.3x.html">form_field(3x)</A></STRONG>
158        set_form_init          <STRONG><A HREF="form_hook.3x.html">form_hook(3x)</A></STRONG>
159        set_form_opts          <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_opts.3x.html">form_field_opts(3x)</A></STRONG>
160        set_form_page          <STRONG><A HREF="form_page.3x.html">form_page(3x)</A></STRONG>
161        set_form_sub           <STRONG><A HREF="form_win.3x.html">form_win(3x)</A></STRONG>
162        set_form_term          <STRONG><A HREF="form_hook.3x.html">form_hook(3x)</A></STRONG>
163        set_form_userptr       <STRONG><A HREF="form_userptr.3x.html">form_userptr(3x)</A></STRONG>
164        set_form_win           <STRONG><A HREF="form_win.3x.html">form_win(3x)</A></STRONG>
165        set_max_field          <STRONG><A HREF="form_field_buffer.3x.html">form_field_buffer(3x)</A></STRONG>
166        set_new_page           <STRONG><A HREF="form_new_page.3x.html">form_new_page(3x)</A></STRONG>
167        unpost_form            <STRONG><A HREF="form_post.3x.html">form_post(3x)</A></STRONG>
168
169
170 </PRE>
171 <H2>RETURN VALUE</H2><PRE>
172        Routines that return pointers return <STRONG>NULL</STRONG>  on  error,  and
173        set  errno  to  the  corresponding  error-code returned by
174        functions returning an integer.  Routines that  return  an
175        integer return one of the following error codes:
176
177        <STRONG>E_OK</STRONG> The routine succeeded.
178
179        <STRONG>E_BAD_ARGUMENT</STRONG>
180             Routine  detected  an incorrect or out-of-range argu-
181             ment.
182
183        <STRONG>E_BAD_STATE</STRONG>
184             Routine was called from an initialization or termina-
185             tion function.
186
187        <STRONG>E_CONNECTED</STRONG>
188             The field is already connected to a form.
189
190        <STRONG>E_INVALID_FIELD</STRONG>
191             Contents of a field are not valid.
192
193        <STRONG>E_NOT_CONNECTED</STRONG>
194             No fields are connected to the form.
195
196        <STRONG>E_NOT_POSTED</STRONG>
197             The form has not been posted.
198
199        <STRONG>E_NO_ROOM</STRONG>
200             Form is too large for its window.
201
202        <STRONG>E_POSTED</STRONG>
203             The form is already posted.
204
205        <STRONG>E_REQUEST_DENIED</STRONG>
206             The form driver could not process the request.
207
208        <STRONG>E_SYSTEM_ERROR</STRONG>
209             System error occurred (see <STRONG>errno</STRONG>).
210
211        <STRONG>E_UNKNOWN_COMMAND</STRONG>
212             The form driver code saw an unknown request code.
213
214
215 </PRE>
216 <H2>SEE ALSO</H2><PRE>
217        <STRONG><A HREF="ncurses.3x.html">curses(3x)</A></STRONG> and related pages whose names begin "form_" for
218        detailed descriptions of the entry points.
219
220
221 </PRE>
222 <H2>NOTES</H2><PRE>
223        The header file <STRONG>&lt;form.h&gt;</STRONG> automatically includes the header
224        files <STRONG>&lt;curses.h&gt;</STRONG> and <STRONG>&lt;eti.h&gt;</STRONG>.
225
226        In  your  library  list,  libform.a should be before libn-
227        curses.a; that is, you want to say `-lform -lncurses', not
228        the  other  way  around (which would give you a link error
229        using most linkers).
230
231
232 </PRE>
233 <H2>PORTABILITY</H2><PRE>
234        These routines emulate the System V forms  library.   They
235        were not supported on Version 7 or BSD versions.
236
237
238 </PRE>
239 <H2>AUTHORS</H2><PRE>
240        Juergen  Pfeifer.  Manual pages and adaptation for ncurses
241        by Eric S. Raymond.
242
243
244 </PRE>
245 <H2>SEE ALSO</H2><PRE>
246        This describes <STRONG>ncurses</STRONG> version 5.7 (patch 20110108).
247
248
249
250                                                                <STRONG><A HREF="form.3x.html">form(3x)</A></STRONG>
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