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menu_driver 3x

menu_driver(3x)                                                menu_driver(3x)




NAME

       menu_driver - command-processing loop of the menu system


SYNOPSIS

       #include <menu.h>
       int menu_driver(MENU *menu, int c);


DESCRIPTION

       Once a menu has been posted (displayed), you should funnel input events
       to it through menu_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.

       The menu driver requests are as follows:

       REQ_LEFT_ITEM
            Move left to an item.

       REQ_RIGHT_ITEM
            Move right to an item.

       REQ_UP_ITEM
            Move up to an item.

       REQ_DOWN_ITEM
            Move down to an item.

       REQ_SCR_ULINE
            Scroll up a line.

       REQ_SCR_DLINE
            Scroll down a line.

       REQ_SCR_DPAGE
            Scroll down a page.

       REQ_SCR_UPAGE
            Scroll up a page.

       REQ_FIRST_ITEM
            Move to the first item.

       REQ_LAST_ITEM
            Move to the last item.

       REQ_NEXT_ITEM
            Move to the next item.

       REQ_PREV_ITEM
            Move to the previous item.

       REQ_TOGGLE_ITEM
            Select/deselect an item.

       REQ_CLEAR_PATTERN
            Clear the menu pattern buffer.

       REQ_BACK_PATTERN
            Delete the previous character from the pattern buffer.

       REQ_NEXT_MATCH
            Move to the next item matching the pattern match.

       REQ_PREV_MATCH
            Move to the previous item matching the pattern match.

       If the second argument is a printable character, the code appends it to
       the pattern buffer and attempts to move to the next item  matching  the
       new pattern.  If there is no such match, menu_driver returns E_NO_MATCH
       and deletes the appended character from the buffer.

       If the second argument is one of the above  pre-defined  requests,  the
       corresponding action is performed.


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 menu display
       area or the decoration window) are handled.

       If you click above the display region of the menu:

       o   a REQ_SCR_ULINE is generated for a single click,

       o   a REQ_SCR_UPAGE is generated for a double-click and

       o   a REQ_FIRST_ITEM is generated for a triple-click.

       If you click below the display region of the menu:

       o   a REQ_SCR_DLINE is generated for a single click,

       o   a REQ_SCR_DPAGE is generated for a double-click and

       o   a REQ_LAST_ITEM is generated for a triple-click.

       If you click at an item inside the display area of the menu:

       o   the menu cursor is positioned to that item.

       o   If you double-click an item  a  REQ_TOGGLE_ITEM  is  generated  and
           E_UNKNOWN_COMMAND  is  returned.   This  return  value makes sense,
           because a double click usually means that an  item-specific  action
           should be returned.  It is exactly the purpose of this return value
           to signal that an application specific command should be executed.

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

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


APPLICATION-DEFINED COMMANDS

       If the second argument is neither printable nor one of the  above  pre-
       defined menu requests or KEY_MOUSE, the drive assumes it is an applica-
       tion-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

       menu_driver return one of the following error codes:

       E_OK The routine succeeded.

       E_SYSTEM_ERROR
            System error occurred (see errno).

       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 menu has not been posted.

       E_UNKNOWN_COMMAND
            The menu driver code saw an unknown request code.

       E_NO_MATCH
            Character failed to match.

       E_REQUEST_DENIED
            The menu driver could not process the request.


SEE ALSO

       curses(3x), menu(3x), getch(3x).


NOTES

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


PORTABILITY

       These  routines  emulate the System V menu library.  They were not sup-
       ported on Version 7 or BSD versions. The support for  mouse  events  is
       ncurses specific.


AUTHORS

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



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