FORMS(3)                NetBSD Library Functions Manual               FORMS(3)

NAME
     form_driver -- form library

LIBRARY
     Curses Form Library (libform, -lform)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <form.h>

     int
     form_driver(FORM *form, int request);

DESCRIPTION
     The form_driver() is the heart of the forms library, it takes commands in
     the request parameter 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 character 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 char-
     acter passed is not a valid request then the driver will return an
     unknown command error.

PARAMETERS
     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 line.
     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 already there.
     REQ_INS_MODE      Enter insert mode, characters will be inserted at the
                       current cursor position.  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.

RETURN VALUES
     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.

SEE ALSO
     curses(3), forms(3)

NOTES
     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> auto-
     matically includes both <curses.h> and <eti.h>.

NetBSD 5.0.1                    January 1, 2001                   NetBSD 5.0.1

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