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FDESIGN(1L)			 Forms Library			   FDESIGN(1L)

NAME
       fdesign -  Forms Library User Interface Designer

SYNOPSIS
       fdesign [-xformoptions] [-options] [files]

DESCRIPTION
       fdesign	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‐
       sign.

       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.

OPTIONS
       fdesign 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.

       -version
	     Prints the current version of fdesign and exits.

       -geometry geom
	     Specifies	the prefered size and location of main working area in
	     which the UI is to be constructed.

       -convert fdfile-list
	     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.

       -dir destdir
	     output any converted files in destdir.

       -unit pixel|point|mm|cp|cmm
	     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.

       -altformat
	     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.

       -callback
	     requests the output of callback function template.

       -compensate
	     requests the emission of font/server resolution variation compen‐
	     sation code.

       -I headerfile
	     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.

       -fortran
	     This option requests Fortran code output.

       -pascal
	     This option requests pascal code output.

       -nocode
	     suppresses the output of UI code. Only the .fd file is written.

       The most useful Forms Library command line options are

       -display host:dpy
	      This option specifies the X server to connect.

       -flversion
	      This option prints the version string of the Forms Library, with
	      which fdesign was build.

       -name appname
	      This option specifies the application name under which resources
	      are  to  be  obtained,  instead of the executable name.  appname
	      should not contain . or *.  fdesign.

RESOURCES
       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
	       is ignored.

       unit (Unit)
	       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‐
       ful

       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 ALSO
       xforms(5), fd2ps(1L)

AUTHOR
       Copyright (c) 1996-2000 T.C. Zhao (tc_zhao@yahoo.com) and Mark Overmars
       (markov@cs.ruu.nl)

HOME PAGE
       http://world.std.com/~xforms

Version 0.57			   May 2000			   FDESIGN(1L)
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