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Re: colors (was: Re: LYNX-DEV am I too late?)

From: T.E.Dickey
Subject: Re: colors (was: Re: LYNX-DEV am I too late?)
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 06:45:14 -0500 (EST)

> Perhaps a seperate little program that sets ONLY the configuration 
> parameters, writes/edits the user config file, and THEN starts lynx 
> with all the settings in effect? That would get around any nasty 
> "goto"s in the code to re-set everything... or force user to restart 
maybe (who's going to write one?)

> What does a typical curses program compile to these days? (minimal 
> actual code) 
There's no "typical" curses program, but Lynx uses a
lowest-common-denominator (mainly due to the VMS and slang interfaces,
which are stuck in BSD-isms).

It depends on the system - a majority of the ones we're configuring have
either (vendor-supplied) SVr3 or SVr4 curses.  It will build/run with BSD
curses, but is not recommended since that provides only highlighting
attributes.  (SVr3 has underlining and boldface, while SVr4 adds color). 
That's Unix.  We can use ncurses on all of the Unix boxes, and that's a
clone of SVr4.  The VMS systems seem to be a hybrid of BSD and SVr3.  Win32
has PDCurses, which is roughly SVr3 curses, with some color added.

(slang has a quasi-BSD curses interface, and implements color with different
but equivalent functionality to SVr4).

> Take care. 

Thomas E. Dickey

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