form_driver(3X)form_driver(3X)NAMEform_driver - command-processing loop of the form system
int form_driver(FORM *form, int c);
Once a form has been posted (displayed), you should funnel input events
to it through form_driver. This routine has three major input cases:
· 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.
· 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.
· The input is the KEY_MOUSE special key associated with an mouse
The form driver requests are as follows:
Move to the next page.
Move to the previous page.
Move to the first page.
Move to the last field.
Move to the next field.
Move to the previous field.
Move to the first field.
Move to the last field.
Move to the sorted next field.
Move to the sorted previous field.
Move to the sorted first field.
Move to the sorted last field.
Move left to a field.
Move right to a field.
Move up to a field.
Move down to a field.
Move to the next char.
Move to the previous char.
Move to the next line.
Move to the previous line.
Move to the next word.
Move to the previous word.
Move to the beginning of the field.
Move to the end of the field.
Move to the beginning of the line.
Move to the end of the line.
Move left in the field.
Move right in the field.
Move up in the field.
Move down in the field.
Insert or overlay a new line.
Insert a blank at the cursor.
Insert a blank line at the cursor.
Delete character at the cursor.
Delete character before the cursor.
Delete line at the cursor.
Delete blank-delimited word at the cursor.
Clear to end of line from cursor.
Clear to end of field from cursor.
Clear the entire field.
Enter overlay mode.
Enter insert mode.
Scroll the field forward a line.
Scroll the field backward a line.
Scroll the field forward a page.
Scroll the field backward a page.
Scroll the field forward half a page.
Scroll the field backward half a page.
Scroll the field forward a character.
Scroll the field backward a character.
Horizontal scroll the field forward a line.
Horizontal scroll the field backward a line.
Horizontal scroll the field forward half a line.
Horizontal scroll the field backward half a line.
Display next field choice.
Display previous field choice.
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.
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:
· the form cursor is positioned to that field.
· 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.
· 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.
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
RETURN VALUEform_driver returns one of the following error codes:
E_OK The routine succeeded.
Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argument.
Routine was called from an initialization or termination function.
The form has not been posted.
Contents of field is invalid.
The form driver could not process the request.
System error occurred (see errno).
The form driver code saw an unknown request code.
SEE ALSOcurses(3X), form(3X), form_variables(3X), getch(3X).
The header file <form.h> automatically includes the header files
These routines emulate the System V forms library. They were not sup‐
ported on Version 7 or BSD versions.
Juergen Pfeifer. Manual pages and adaptation for new curses by Eric S.