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       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.  To  use  the  form  library,  link  with  the
       options -lform -lcurses.

       Your program should set up the locale, e.g.,

            setlocale(LC_ALL, "");

       so that input/output processing will work.

       A  curses  initialization routine such as initscr must be called before using any of these

   Current Default Values for Field Attributes
       The form library maintains a default value for field attributes.  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

       curses Routine Name    Manual Page Name
       current_field          page(3FORM)
       data_ahead             data(3FORM)
       data_behind            data(3FORM)
       dup_field              field_new(3FORM)
       dynamic_field_info     field_info(3FORM)
       field_arg              field_validation(3FORM)
       field_back             field_attributes(3FORM)
       field_buffer           field_buffer(3FORM)
       field_count            field(3FORM)
       field_fore             field_attributes(3FORM)
       field_index            page(3FORM)
       field_info             field_info(3FORM)
       field_init             hook(3FORM)
       field_just             field_just(3FORM)
       field_opts             field_opts(3FORM)
       field_opts_off         field_opts(3FORM)
       field_opts_on          field_opts(3FORM)
       field_pad              field_attributes(3FORM)
       field_status           field_buffer(3FORM)
       field_term             hook(3FORM)
       field_type             field_validation(3FORM)
       field_userptr          field_userptr(3FORM)
       form_driver            driver(3FORM)
       form_fields            field(3FORM)
       form_init              hook(3FORM)

       form_opts              opts(3FORM)
       form_opts_off          opts(3FORM)
       form_opts_on           opts(3FORM)
       form_page              page(3FORM)
       form_request_by_name   requestname(3FORM)
       form_request_name      requestname(3FORM)
       form_sub               win(3FORM)
       form_term              hook(3FORM)
       form_userptr           userptr(3FORM)
       form_win               win(3FORM)
       free_field             field_new(3FORM)
       free_fieldtype         fieldtype(3FORM)
       free_form              new(3FORM)
       link_field             field_new(3FORM)
       link_fieldtype         fieldtype(3FORM)
       move_field             field(3FORM)
       new_field              field_new(3FORM)
       new_fieldtype          fieldtype(3FORM)
       new_form               new(3FORM)
       new_page               new_page(3FORM)
       pos_form_cursor        cursor(3FORM)
       post_form              post(3FORM)
       scale_form             win(3FORM)
       set_current_field      page(3FORM)
       set_field_back         field_attributes(3FORM)
       set_field_buffer       field_buffer(3FORM)
       set_field_fore         field_attributes(3FORM)
       set_field_init         hook(3FORM)
       set_field_just         field_just(3FORM)
       set_field_opts         field_opts(3FORM)
       set_field_pad          field_attributes(3FORM)
       set_field_status       field_buffer(3FORM)
       set_field_term         hook(3FORM)
       set_field_type         field_validation(3FORM)
       set_field_userptr      field_userptr(3FORM)
       set_fieldtype_arg      fieldtype(3FORM)
       set_fieldtype_choice   fieldtype(3FORM)
       set_form_fields        field(3FORM)
       set_form_init          hook(3FORM)
       set_form_opts          field_opts(3FORM)
       set_form_page          page(3FORM)
       set_form_sub           win(3FORM)
       set_form_term          hook(3FORM)
       set_form_userptr       userptr(3FORM)
       set_form_win           win(3FORM)
       set_max_field          field_buffer(3FORM)
       set_new_page           new_page(3FORM)
       unpost_form            post(3FORM)


       Routines that return pointers return NULL on error, and set  errno  to  the  corresponding
       error-code  returned  by  functions returning an integer.  Routines that return an integer
       return one of the following error codes:

       E_OK The routine succeeded.

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

            Routine was called from an initialization or termination function.

            The field is already connected to a form.

            Contents of a field are not valid.

            No fields are connected to the form.

            The form has not been posted.

            Form is too large for its window.

            The form is already posted.

            The form driver could not process the request.

            System error occurred (see errno).

            The form driver code saw an unknown request code.


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


       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 most


       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.


       This describes ncurses version 5.9 (patch 20110404).