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form_driver 3x

form_driver(3x)                                                form_driver(3x)




NAME

       form_driver, form_driver_w - command-processing loop of the form system


SYNOPSIS

       #include <form.h>
       int form_driver(FORM *form, int c);
       int form_driver_w(FORM *form, int c, wchar_t wch);


DESCRIPTION


form_driver

       Once a form has been posted (displayed), you should funnel input events
       to it through form_driver.  This routine has three major input cases:

       o   The input is a form navigation request.  Navigation  request  codes
           are constants defined in <form.h>, which are distinct from the key-
           and character codes returned by wgetch(3x).

       o   The input is a printable character.   Printable  characters  (which
           must  be positive, less than 256) are checked according to the pro-
           gram's locale settings.

       o   The input is the KEY_MOUSE special key  associated  with  an  mouse
           event.


form_driver_w

       This extension simplifies the use of the forms library using wide char-
       acters.  The input is either a key code (a request) or a wide character
       returned  by  get_wch(3x).   The type must be passed as well, to enable
       the library to determine whether the parameter is a wide character or a
       request.


Form-driver requests

       The form driver requests are as follows:

       Name               Description
       -------------------------------------------------------------------------
       REQ_BEG_FIELD      Move to the beginning of the field.
       REQ_BEG_LINE       Move to the beginning of the line.
       REQ_CLR_EOF        Clear to end of field from cursor.
       REQ_CLR_EOL        Clear to end of line from cursor.
       REQ_CLR_FIELD      Clear the entire field.
       REQ_DEL_CHAR       Delete character at the cursor.
       REQ_DEL_LINE       Delete line at the cursor.
       REQ_DEL_PREV       Delete character before the cursor.
       REQ_DEL_WORD       Delete blank-delimited word at the cursor.
       REQ_DOWN_CHAR      Move down in the field.
       REQ_DOWN_FIELD     Move down to a field.
       REQ_END_FIELD      Move to the end of the field.
       REQ_END_LINE       Move to the end of the line.
       REQ_FIRST_FIELD    Move to the first field.
       REQ_FIRST_PAGE     Move to the first page.
       REQ_INS_CHAR       Insert a blank at the cursor.
       REQ_INS_LINE       Insert a blank line at the cursor.
       REQ_INS_MODE       Enter insert mode.
       REQ_LAST_FIELD     Move to the last field.
       REQ_LAST_PAGE      Move to the last field.
       REQ_LEFT_CHAR      Move left in the field.
       REQ_LEFT_FIELD     Move left to a field.
       REQ_NEW_LINE       Insert or overlay a new line.
       REQ_NEXT_CHAR      Move to the next char.
       REQ_NEXT_CHOICE    Display next field choice.

       REQ_NEXT_FIELD     Move to the next field.
       REQ_NEXT_LINE      Move to the next line.
       REQ_NEXT_PAGE      Move to the next page.
       REQ_NEXT_PAGE      Move to the next page.
       REQ_NEXT_WORD      Move to the next word.
       REQ_OVL_MODE       Enter overlay mode.
       REQ_PREV_CHAR      Move to the previous char.
       REQ_PREV_CHOICE    Display previous field choice.
       REQ_PREV_FIELD     Move to the previous field.
       REQ_PREV_LINE      Move to the previous line.
       REQ_PREV_PAGE      Move to the previous page.
       REQ_PREV_WORD      Move to the previous word.
       REQ_RIGHT_CHAR     Move right in the field.
       REQ_RIGHT_FIELD    Move right to a field.
       REQ_SCR_BCHAR      Scroll the field backward a character.
       REQ_SCR_BHPAGE     Scroll the field backward half a page.
       REQ_SCR_BLINE      Scroll the field backward a line.
       REQ_SCR_BPAGE      Scroll the field backward a page.
       REQ_SCR_FCHAR      Scroll the field forward a character.
       REQ_SCR_FHPAGE     Scroll the field forward half a page.
       REQ_SCR_FLINE      Scroll the field forward a line.
       REQ_SCR_FPAGE      Scroll the field forward a page.
       REQ_SCR_HBHALF     Horizontal scroll the field backward half a line.
       REQ_SCR_HBLINE     Horizontal scroll the field backward a line.
       REQ_SCR_HFHALF     Horizontal scroll the field forward half a line.
       REQ_SCR_HFLINE     Horizontal scroll the field forward a line.
       REQ_SFIRST_FIELD   Move to the sorted first field.
       REQ_SLAST_FIELD    Move to the sorted last field.
       REQ_SNEXT_FIELD    Move to the sorted next field.
       REQ_SPREV_FIELD    Move to the sorted previous field.
       REQ_UP_CHAR        Move up in the field.
       REQ_UP_FIELD       Move up to a field.
       REQ_VALIDATION     Validate field.

       If  the  second argument is a printable 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.


Field validation

       The  form  library  makes  updates  to  the window associated with form
       fields rather than directly to the field buffers.

       The form driver provides low-level control over  updates  to  the  form
       fields.   The  form driver also provides for validating modified fields
       to ensure that the contents meet whatever  constraints  an  application
       may attach using set_field_type.

       You  can  validate  a  field  without  making  any  changes to it using
       REQ_VALIDATION.  The form driver also validates a field in these cases:

       o   a call to set_current_field attempts to move to a different field.

       o   a call to set_current_page attempts to move to a different page  of
           the form.

       o   a request attempts to move to a different field.

       o   a request attempts to move to a different page of the form.

       In each case, the move fails if the field is invalid.

       If  the  modified  field  is valid, the form driver copies the modified
       data from the window associated with the field to the field buffer.


Mouse handling

       If the second argument is the KEY_MOUSE  special  key,  the  associated
       mouse  event  is translated into one of the above pre-defined requests.
       Currently only clicks in the user window (e.g., inside the form display
       area or the decoration window) are handled.

       If you click above the display region of the form:

          a REQ_PREV_FIELD is generated for a single click,

          a REQ_PREV_PAGE is generated for a double-click and

          a REQ_FIRST_FIELD is generated for a triple-click.

       If you click below the display region of the form:

          a REQ_NEXT_FIELD is generated for a single click,

          a REQ_NEXT_PAGE is generated for a double-click and

          a REQ_LAST_FIELD is generated for a triple-click.

       If you click at an field inside the display area of the form:

          o   the form cursor is positioned to that field.

          o   If  you  double-click  a field, the form cursor is positioned to
              that field and E_UNKNOWN_COMMAND is returned.  This return value
              makes sense, because a double click usually means that an field-
              specific action should be returned.  It is exactly  the  purpose
              of this return value to signal that an application specific com-
              mand should be executed.

          o   If a translation into a request was  done,  form_driver  returns
              the result of this request.

       If  you clicked outside the user window or the mouse event could not be
       translated into a form request an E_REQUEST_DENIED is returned.


Application-defined commands

       If the second argument is neither printable 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.


RETURN VALUE

       form_driver returns one of the following error codes:

       E_OK The routine succeeded.

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

       E_BAD_STATE
            Routine was called from an initialization or termination function.

       E_NOT_POSTED
            The form has not been posted.

       E_INVALID_FIELD
            Contents of field is invalid.

       E_REQUEST_DENIED
            The form driver could not process the request.

       E_SYSTEM_ERROR
            System error occurred (see errno).

       E_UNKNOWN_COMMAND
            The form driver code saw an unknown request code.


SEE ALSO

       curses(3x), form(3x), form_field_buffer(3x), form_field_validation(3x),
       form_fieldtype(3x), form_variables(3x), getch(3x).


NOTES

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


PORTABILITY

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


AUTHORS

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



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