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FORMS(3) BSD Library Functions Manual FORMS(3)
form_driver -- form library
Curses Form Library (libform, -lform)
form_driver(FORM *form, int request);
The form_driver() is the heart of the forms library, it takes commands in the request param-
eter that is either a request to the driver to perform some action or is a character to be
inserted into the current field. The form driver will attempt to insert any printable char-
acter passed to it into the current field. This may or may not succeed depending on the
state of the current field. If the character passed is not printable then the driver
attempts to process it as a driver request. If the character passed is not a valid request
then the driver will return an unknown command error.
The forms driver recognizes the following requests:
REQ_NEXT_PAGE Change to the next page in the form.
REQ_PREV_PAGE Change to the previous page in the form.
REQ_FIRST_PAGE Select the first page in the form.
REQ_LAST_PAGE Go to the last page in the form.
REQ_NEXT_FIELD Move to the next field in the form field array.
REQ_PREV_FIELD Move to the previous field in the form field array.
REQ_FIRST_FIELD Go to the first field in the form field array.
REQ_LAST_FIELD Go to the last field in the form field array.
REQ_SNEXT_FIELD Move to the next sorted field on the form.
REQ_SPREV_FIELD Move to the previous sorted field on the form.
REQ_SFIRST_FIELD Go to the first field in the sorted list.
REQ_SLAST_FIELD Move to the last field in the sorted list.
REQ_LEFT_FIELD Go one field to the left on the form page.
REQ_RIGHT_FIELD Go one field to the right on the form page.
REQ_UP_FIELD Go up one field on the form page.
REQ_DOWN_FIELD Go down one field on the form page.
REQ_NEXT_CHAR Move one char to the right within the field
REQ_PREV_CHAR Move one char to the left within the current field.
REQ_NEXT_LINE Go down one line in the current field.
REQ_PREV_LINE Go up one line in the current field.
REQ_NEXT_WORD Go forward one word in the current field
REQ_PREV_WORD Go backward one word in the current field.
REQ_BEG_FIELD Move the cursor to the beginning of the current field.
REQ_END_FIELD Move the cursor to the end of the current field.
REQ_BEG_LINE Move the cursor to the beginning of the line in the current field.
REQ_END_LINE Move the cursor to the end of the line.
REQ_LEFT_CHAR Move the cursor left one character
REQ_RIGHT_CHAR Move the cursor right one character
REQ_UP_CHAR Move the cursor up one line.
REQ_DOWN_CHAR Move the cursor down one line.
REQ_NEW_LINE Insert a new line at the current cursor position.
REQ_INS_CHAR Insert a blank character at the current cursor position
REQ_INS_LINE Open a blank line at the current cursor position.
REQ_DEL_CHAR Delete the character at the current cursor position.
REQ_DEL_PREV Delete the character to the left of the current cursor position.
REQ_DEL_LINE Delete the current line.
REQ_DEL_WORD Delete the word at the current cursor position.
REQ_CLR_EOL Clear the field from the current cursor position to the end of the current
REQ_CLR_EOF Clear the field from the current cursor position to the end of the field.
REQ_CLR_FIELD Clear the field.
REQ_OVL_MODE Enter overlay mode, characters added to the field will replace the ones
REQ_INS_MODE Enter insert mode, characters will be inserted at the current cursor posi-
tion. Any characters to the right of the cursor will be moved right to
accommodate the new characters.
REQ_SCR_FLINE Scroll the field forward one line.
REQ_SCR_BLINE Scroll the field backward one line.
REQ_SCR_FPAGE Scroll the field forward one field page.
REQ_SCR_BPAGE Scroll the field backward one field page.
REQ_SCR_FHPAGE Scroll the field forward half one field page.
REQ_SCR_BHPAGE Scroll the field backward half one field page.
REQ_SCR_FCHAR Scroll the field horizontally forward one character
REQ_SCR_BCHAR Scroll the field horizontally backward one character
REQ_SCR_HFLINE Scroll the field horizontally forward one field line.
REQ_SCR_HBLINE Scroll the field horizontally backward one field line.
REQ_SCR_HFHALF Scroll the field horizontally forward half a field line.
REQ_SCR_HBHALF Scroll the field horizontally backward half a field line.
REQ_VALIDATION Request the contents of the current field be validated using any field
validation function that has been set for the field. Normally, the field
is validated before the current field changes. This request allows the
current field to be validated.
REQ_PREV_CHOICE Select the previous choice in an enumerated type field.
REQ_NEXT_CHOICE Select the next choice in an enumerated type field.
Functions returning pointers will return NULL if an error is detected. The functions that
return an int will return one of the following error values:
E_OK The function was successful.
E_REQUEST_DENIED The forms driver request could not be fulfilled
E_UNKNOWN_COMMAND The passed character is not a printable character and is not a valid
forms driver request.
E_BAD_ARGUMENT A bad argument was passed to the forms driver.
E_INVALID_FIELD The form passed to the driver has no valid attached fields.
E_NOT_POSTED The given form is not currently posted to the screen.
E_BAD_STATE The forms driver was called from within an init or term function.
E_INVALID_FIELD The character passed to the forms driver fails the character validation
for the current field.
Field sorting is done by location of the field on the form page, the fields are sorted by
position starting with the top-most, left-most field and progressing left to right. For the
purposes of sorting, the fields top left corner is used as the sort criteria. The header
<form.h> automatically includes both <curses.h> and <eti.h>.
BSD January 1, 2001 BSD
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