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

NAME
     free_fieldtype, link_fieldtype, new_fieldtype, set_fieldtype_arg,
     set_fieldtype_choice -- form library

LIBRARY
     Curses Form Library (libform, -lform)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <form.h>

     int
     free_fieldtype(FIELDTYPE *fieldtype);

     FIELDTYPE *
     link_fieldtype(FIELDTYPE *type1, FIELDTYPE *type2);

     FIELDTYPE *
     new_fieldtype(int (*field_check)(FIELD *, char *),
         int (*char_check)(int, char *));

     int
     set_fieldtype_arg(FIELDTYPE *fieldtype, char * (*make_args)(va_list *),
         char * (*copy_args)(char *), void (*free_args)(char *));

     int
     set_fieldtype_choice(FIELDTYPE *fieldtype,
         int (*next_choice)(FIELD *, char *),
         int (*prev_choice)(FIELD *, char *));

DESCRIPTION
     The function free_fieldtype() frees the storage associated with the field
     type and destroys it.  The function link_fieldtype() links together the
     two given field types to produce a new field type.  A new field type can
     be created by calling new_fieldtype() which requires pointers to two
     functions which perform validation, the field_check function must vali-
     date the field contents and return TRUE if they are acceptable and FALSE
     if they are not.  The char_check validates the character input into the
     field, this function will be called for each character entered, if the
     character can be entered into the field then char_check must return TRUE.
     Neither field_check nor char_check may be NULL.  The functions for han-
     dling the field type arguments can be defined by using the
     set_fieldtype_arg() function, the make_args function is used to create
     new arguments for the fieldtype, the copy_args is used to copy the field-
     type arguments to a new arguments structure and free_args is used to
     destroy the fieldtype arguments and release any associated storage, none
     of these function pointers may be NULL.  The field type choice functions
     can be set by calling set_fieldtype_choice(), the next_choice and
     prev_choice specify the next and previous choice functions for the field
     type.  These functions must perform the necessary actions to select the
     next or previous choice for the field, updating the field buffer if nec-
     essary.  The choice functions must return TRUE if the function succeeded
     and FALSE otherwise.

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_BAD_ARGUMENT     The function was passed a bad argument.
     E_CONNECTED        The field is connected to a form.

SEE ALSO
     curses(3), forms(3)

NOTES
     The header <form.h> automatically includes both <curses.h> and <eti.h>.

NetBSD 5.0.1                    January 1, 2001                   NetBSD 5.0.1

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