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Re: Multiline text input possible at all using ncurses?

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: Multiline text input possible at all using ncurses?
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 09:05:46 -0400 (EDT)

On Sat, 27 Mar 2010, Harishankar wrote:

My apologies if this is not the right group to post this question, but I
couldn't find any other ncurses group that was active and didn't have

Is it at all possible to get multiline text input in a scrollable widget
in ncurses without using a third party library?

From python, I'd assume you'd have to build it up (using ncurses calls of
course). The form library provides multiline input, and I see that it mentions scrolling. I don't recall if the python bindings cover that.

I am looking to develop a simple curses application in Python, but the
python module provides only curses.textpad which is extremely limited and
doesn't allow a scrollable text editor.

How easy or difficult is it to get multiline text input in an ncurses
application? Is there any example code which I can find on the internet,
because I've spent a few days trying to find one, but there are no
obvious places to look this up. Most of the ncurses tutorials are very

Harishankar (http://harishankar.org http://literaryforums.org)

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