form_field_new(3X)                                        form_field_new(3X)

NAME         top

       new_field,  dup_field,  link_field,  free_field  - create and destroy
       form fields

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <form.h>
       FIELD *new_field(int height, int width,
                        int toprow, int leftcol,
                        int offscreen, int nbuffers);
       FIELD *dup_field(FIELD *field, int toprow, int leftcol);
       FIELD *link_field(FIELD *field, int toprow, int leftcol);
       int free_field(FIELD *field);

DESCRIPTION         top

       The function new_field allocates a new field and initializes it from
       the parameters given: height, width, row of upper-left corner, column
       of upper-left corner, number off-screen rows, and number of
       additional working buffers.

       The function dup_field duplicates a field at a new location.  Most
       attributes (including current contents, size, validation type, buffer
       count, growth threshold, justification, foreground, background, pad
       character, options, and user pointer) are copied.  Field status and
       the field page bit are not copied.

       The function link_field acts like dup_field, but the new field shares
       buffers with its parent.  Attribute data is separate.

       The function free_field de-allocates storage associated with a field.

RETURN VALUE         top

       The function, new_field, dup_field, link_field return NULL on error.
       They set errno according to their success:

       E_OK The routine succeeded.

            Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argument.

            System error occurred, e.g., malloc failure.

       The function free_field returns one of the following:

       E_OK The routine succeeded.

            Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argument.

            field is connected.

SEE ALSO         top

       curses(3X), form(3X).

NOTES         top

       The header file <form.h> automatically includes the header file

PORTABILITY         top

       These routines emulate the System V forms library.  They were not
       supported on Version 7 or BSD versions.

       It may be unwise to count on the set of attributes copied by
       dup_field being portable; the System V forms library documents are
       not very explicit about what gets copied and what does not.

AUTHORS         top

       Juergen Pfeifer.  Manual pages and adaptation for new curses by Eric
       S. Raymond.

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