FDESIGN(1L) Forms Library FDESIGN(1L)NAMEfdesign - Forms Library User Interface Designer
SYNOPSISfdesign [-xformoptions] [-options] [files]
DESCRIPTIONfdesign is a GUI builder that helps the construction of graphical user
interface in a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) way by allowing
the user to directly manipulate various objects, such as buttons, slid‐
ers and menus etc. Once a satisfactory UI is constructed, the user can
save the composed interface into an external file containing some pro‐
gram code. When compiled, linked with the Forms Library, and executed,
the generated code would, at run time (or print time for PostScript
output), construct the exact same interfaces as those seen within fde‐
A variety of output language is possible via external filters. As of
this writing, C, perl, ada95, Fortran, pascal, and PostScript output
filters are known to exist.
OPTIONSfdesign accepts all standard Forms Library command line options as well
as the following:
-help Prints a brief summary of all command line options. This option
does not require a connection to the X server.
Prints the current version of fdesign and exits.
Specifies the prefered size and location of main working area in
which the UI is to be constructed.
This option prevents fdesign from attempting to make a connection
to the X server. The file list following this flag is converted
to C code directly.
output any converted files in destdir.
selects the unit of measure for object geometries. For non-pixel
unit, the interface created is screen resolution independent and
may be desirable for many applications. Note that for typical
screens, point (about 1/72 inch) and mm may be too coarse and
subject to round-off errors. Use cp (centi-point, 100th of a
point) and cmm (centi-mm) instead.
selects an alternative format for the generated C code where
global variables are used for the UI components.
-main requests the output of main program template.
requests the output of callback function template.
requests the emission of font/server resolution variation compen‐
uses an alternative header file instead of the default forms.h in
the output C code.
-lax requests relaxed C syntax checking.
-ps This option specifies that instead of emitting the c code for the
user interface, PostScript code should be emitted.
-ada This option requests ada95 code output
-perl This option requests perl code output.
This option requests Fortran code output.
This option requests pascal code output.
suppresses the output of UI code. Only the .fd file is written.
The most useful Forms Library command line options are
This option specifies the X server to connect.
This option prints the version string of the Forms Library, with
which fdesign was build.
This option specifies the application name under which resources
are to be obtained, instead of the executable name. appname
should not contain . or *. fdesign.
The program understands all of the Forms Library's resource names and
classes as well as the following
control.geometry (class Control.Geometry)
specifies the geometry of the control panel. Currently the size
specifies the default unit of measure. Default is pixel.
attributes.geometry (class Attributes.Geometry)
specifies the geometry of the object attributes panel. Cur‐
rently the size is ignored.
align.geometry (class Align.Geometry)
specifies the geometry of the object align panel. Currently
the size is ignored.
xformsHeader (class XFormsHeader)
specifies the header filename generated in the output C code.
Default is forms.h
filter (class Filter)
specifies post-processing filter (an external executable name).
language (class Language)
specifies target language name.
Among the standard Forms Library resources, the following are most use‐
xform.fontsize (class XFORM.FontSize)
specifies the font size used for most object labels.
xform.pupfontsize (class XFORM.PupFontSize)
specifies the font size used in pop-up menus.
xform.browserFontSize (class XFORM.BrowserFontSize)
specifies the font size used for the text inside a browser.
SEE ALSOxforms(5), fd2ps(1L)AUTHOR
Copyright (c) 1996-2000 T.C. Zhao (email@example.com) and Mark Overmars
Version 0.57 May 2000 FDESIGN(1L)