form_driver - command-processing loop of the form system
int form_driver(FORM *form, int c);
Once a form has been posted (displayed), you should funnel
input events to it through form_driver. This routine has
two major input cases; either the input is a form naviga-
tion request or it's a printable ASCII character. The
form driver requests are as follows:
Move to the next page.
Move to the previous page.
Move to the first page.
Move to the last field.
Move to the next field.
Move to the previous field.
Move to the first field.
Move to the last field.
Move to the sorted next field.
Move to the sorted previous field.
Move to the sorted first field.
Move to the sorted last field.
Move left to a field.
Move right to a field.
Move up to a field.
Move down to a field.
Move to the next char.
Move to the previous char.
Move to the next line.
Move to the previous line.
Move to the next word.
Move to the previous word.
Move to the beginning of the field.
Move to the end of the field.
Move to the beginning of the line.
Move to the end of the line.
Move left in the field.
Move right in the field.
Move up in the field.
Move down in the field.
Insert or overlay a new line.
Insert a blank at the cursor.
Insert a blank line at the cursor.
Delete character at the cursor.
Delete character before the cursor.
Delete line at the cursor.
Delete blank-delimited word at the cursor.
Clear to end of line from cursor.
Clear to end of field from cursor.
Clear the entire field.
Enter overlay mode.
Enter insert mode.
Scroll the field forward a line.
Scroll the field backward a line.
Scroll the field forward a page.
Scroll the field backward a page.
Scroll the field forward half a page.
Scroll the field backward half a page.
Scroll the field forward a character.
Scroll the field backward a character.
Horizontal scroll the field forward a line.
Horizontal scroll the field backward a line.
Horizontal scroll the field forward half a line.
Horizontal scroll the field backward half a line.
Display next field choice.
Display previous field choice.
If the second argument is a printable ASCII character, the
driver places it in the current position in the current
field. If it is one of the forms requests listed above,
that request is executed.
If the second argument is neither printable ASCII nor one
of the above pre-defined form requests, the driver assumes
it is an application-specific command and returns
E_UNKNOWN_COMMAND. Application-defined commands should be
defined relative to MAX_COMMAND, the maximum value of
these pre-defined requests.
form_driver returns one of the following error codes:
E_OK The routine succeeded.
Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argu-
Routine was called from an initialization or termina-
The form has not been posted.
Contents of field is invalid.
The form driver could not process the request.
System error occurred (see errno).
The form driver code saw an unknown request code.
The header file <form.h> automatically includes the header
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 new
curses by Eric S. Raymond.
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