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Introduction What is termcap? Why this manual? 1. The Termcap Library The termcap library functions. 2. The Format of the Data Base What terminal descriptions in `/etc/termcap' look like. 3. Definitions of the Terminal Capabilities Definitions of the individual terminal capabilities: how to write them in descriptions, and how to use their values to do display updating. 4. Summary of Capability Names Brief table of capability names and their meanings. Variable and Function Index Index of C functions and variables. Capability Index Index of termcap capabilities. Concept Index Concept index.
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The Termcap Library
1.1 Preparing to Use the Termcap Library Preparing to use the termcap library. 1.2 Finding a Terminal Description:
Finding the description of the terminal being used. 1.3 Interrogating the Terminal Description Interrogating the description for particular capabilities. 1.4 Initialization for Use of Termcap Initialization for output using termcap. 1.5 Padding Outputting padding. 1.6 Filling In Parameters Encoding parameters such as cursor positions.
1.5.1 Why Pad, and How Explanation of padding. 1.5.2 When There Is Not Enough Padding When there is not enough padding. 1.5.3 Specifying Padding in a Terminal Description The data base says how much padding a terminal needs. 1.5.4 Performing Padding with
tputsto output the needed padding.
Filling In Parameters
1.6.1 Describing the Encoding The language for encoding parameters. 1.6.2 Sending Display Commands with Parameters Outputting a string command with parameters.
Sending Display Commands with Parameters
The general case, for GNU termcap only. 188.8.131.52
The special case of cursor motion.
The Format of the Data Base
a related terminal type.
2.1 Terminal Description Format Overall format of a terminal description. 2.2 Writing the Capabilities Format of capabilities within a description. 2.3 Terminal Type Name Conventions Naming conventions for terminal types. 2.4 Inheriting from Related Descriptions Inheriting part of a description from
2.5 When Changes in the Data Base Take Effect When changes in the data base take effect.
Definitions of the Terminal Capabilities
3.1 Basic Characteristics Basic characteristics. 3.2 Screen Size Screen size, and what happens when it changes. 3.3 Cursor Motion Various ways to move the cursor. 3.4 Wrapping What happens if you write a character in the last column. 3.5 Scrolling Pushing text up and down on the screen. 3.6 Windows Limiting the part of the window that output affects. 3.7 Clearing Parts of the Screen Erasing one or many lines. 3.8 Insert/Delete Line Making new blank lines in mid-screen; deleting lines. 3.9 Insert/Delete Character Inserting and deleting characters within a line. 3.10 Standout and Appearance Modes Highlighting some of the text. 3.11 Underlining Underlining some of the text. 3.12 Cursor Visibility Making the cursor more or less easy to spot. 3.13 Bell Attracts user's attention; not localized on the screen. 3.14 Keypad and Function Keys Recognizing when function keys or arrows are typed. 3.15 Meta Key META acts like an extra shift key. 3.16 Initialization Commands used to initialize or reset the terminal. 3.17 Padding Capabilities Info for the kernel on how much padding is needed. 3.18 Status Line A status line displays "background" information. 3.19 Half-Line Motion Moving by half-lines, for superscripts and subscripts. 3.20 Controlling Printers Attached to Terminals Controlling auxiliary printers of display terminals.
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