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Cdk(3)                     Library Functions Manual                     Cdk(3)



NAME
          Cdk - Curses Development Kit

SYNOPSIS
       cc [ flag ... ] file ...  -lcdk [ library ... ]

       #include <cdk.h>

       Cdk provides functions to use a large number of pre-defined curses wid-
       gets. To use the Cdk widgets the header file cdk.h must be included  in
       the source.

       The widgets available from Cdk are listed below.

          Widget_Type                 Manual_Page_Name
          Alphalist                   cdk_alphalist (3)
          Calendar                    cdk_calendar (3)
          Dialog                      cdk_dialog (3)
          Entry Field                 cdk_entry (3)
          File Viewer                 cdk_viewer (3)
          Graph                       cdk_graph (3)
          Histogram                   cdk_histogram (3)
          Item List                   cdk_itemlist (3)
          Label                       cdk_label (3)
          Marquee                     cdk_marquee (3)
          Matrix                      cdk_matrix (3)
          Multiple Line Entry Field   cdk_mentry (3)
          Numeric Scale               cdk_scale (3)
          Numeric Slider              cdk_slider (3)
          Pulldown Menu               cdk_menu (3)
          Radio List                  cdk_radio (3)
          Scrolling List              cdk_scroll (3)
          Scrolling Selection List    cdk_selection (3)
          Scrolling Window            cdk_swindow (3)
          Numeric Slider              cdk_slider (3)
          Template                    cdk_template (3)

       The rest of the manual pages are
          Manual_Page_Name            Description
          cdk_binding (3)             Outlines how to create user
                                      definable key bindings.
          cdk_display (3)             Shows how to add special display
                                      attributes, colors, and justification
                                      into a widget.
          cdk_draw (3)                Outlines the basic drawing
                                      capabilities of Cdk.
          cdk_screen (3)              Demonstrates the use of screens
                                      within Cdk.
          cdk_misc (3)                Outlines miscellaneous functions
                                      provided with the Cdk library.
          cdk_process (3)             Demonstrates the use of the pre
                                      and post process function class.


DESCRIPTION
       Cdk  is a library of functions which allow a programmer to quickly cre-
       ate a full screen interactive program with ease. The Cdk  widgets  sup-
       port the following features:

       o Ncurses library.
            Instead  of using the standard curses library, Cdk can take advan-
            tage of the colors that Ncurses provides. To  learn  how  to  take
            advantage of Cdk's color capabilities, read the cdk_display manual
            page.

       o Key Bindings.
            Individual keys can be overridden with a call-back. The  call-back
            is  set  up  using the bindCDKObject function. To learn more about
            this read the cdk_binding manual page.

       o Pre and Post Processing.
            Certain widgets allow the user to  trap  a  character  before  and
            after  the  character  has been applied to the widget. This allows
            programmers to 'filter' character input. To learn more about  this
            read the cdk_process manual page.

       o Self Test Widgets.
            With  the  use of the inject function class and the activate func-
            tion, programmers can  have  the  widgets  test  themselves.  This
            allows  the  programmer to perform automated tests on a final pro-
            gram.

       o Special Display Formats
            There are special character format commands that can  be  inserted
            into  any  string  in  Cdk  and  the contents will get mapped to a
            chtype (see the curses manual  page)  with  character  attributes.
            This  allows the programmer to insert format types on each charac-
            ter if they wish.

       o The Ability To Build Predefined Screens
            Widgets can be associated to any given screen. If  there  is  more
            than  one  screen defined, then Cdk has the ability to "flip" from
            one screen to another with ease. See the  cdk_screen  manual  page
            for more details.

STANDARD WIDGET BEHAVIOR
       All of the widgets have a member of the structure called exitType. This
       member states how the widget exited. There are three values in which to
       check for, they are as follows:

          Value            Meaning
          vNORMAL          This means the widget exited normally. This
                           value is set when the widget is given the
                           characters TAB or RETURN.
          vEARLY_EXIT      This means the widget exited early. This value
                           is set when characters are injected into the
                           widget via the injectCDKXXX function and the
                           character injected does not exit the widget.
                           (ie: TAB or RETURN)
          vESCAPE_HIT      This value states the user hit ESCAPE to
                           leave the widget.
          vNEVER_ACTIVATED This is the initial state of the value. This
                           means that the widget has not been activated.


SEE ALSO
       cdk(3), cdk_binding(3), cdk_display(3), cdk_screen(3)

NOTES
       The  header  file  &lt&lt;cdk.h&gt&gt;  automatically  includes  the  header  files
       &lt&lt;curses.h&gt&gt;, &lt&lt;stdlib.h&gt&gt;, &lt&lt;string.h&gt&gt;, &lt&lt;ctype.h&gt&gt;, &lt&lt;unistd.h&gt&gt;,  &lt&lt;dirent.h&gt&gt;,
       &lt&lt;time.h&gt&gt;, &lt&lt;errno.h&gt&gt;, &lt&lt;pwd.h&gt&gt;, &lt&lt;grp.h&gt&gt;, &lt&lt;sys/stat.h&gt&gt;, and &lt&lt;sys/types.h&gt&gt;.
       The &lt&lt;curses.h&gt&gt; header file includes &lt&lt;stdio.h&gt&gt; and &lt&lt;unctrl.h&gt&gt;.

       If you have Ncurses installed on your machine add -DNCURSES to the com-
       pile line to include the Ncurses header files instead.



                                  05 Dec 1995                           Cdk(3)