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Re: [XForms] drawing into a foreign window

From: Patrick
Subject: Re: [XForms] drawing into a foreign window
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:28:26 -0500
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Hi Guys

Just in case someone comes across this later. I had trouble with xterm but mlterm works fine.

I have to mlterms running in one window with  this:

mlterm --parent=123731972

I will have to experiment with xforms now.

Thanks again

On 12/28/2016 05:06 PM, Patrick wrote:
Hi Jens, Hi Paul

Paul, this looks like a good suggestion! and Jens's warning about it is noted :)

Hi Jens, I know what I am trying to do is weird, let me explain more.

I really like COBOL and it's a good way to get beat up on mailing lists. It's evolved a lot of the years but it's criticisms are decades old and everyone seems to hate the language even if they know nothing about it.

Anyhow, it has ncurses built in and in it's screen section, you can build text user interfaces really easily. Everything is tightly integrated and because GnuCOBOL compiles to intermediate C rather then Assembly, the runtime is small and hackable.

I love-love this but I can't do 70% of what I want to do because I don't have the ability to draw or add pictures.

I understand the ncurses windows have no relation to X windows. The thing is that in most cases the window that the terminal runs in is just an X window and if I write TUI data to part of it and GUI data to part of it, I should be able to have the best of both worlds. I understand that they cannot mix in the same areas though.

Thanks again-Patrick

On 12/28/2016 03:28 PM, Paul wrote:

Agreeing with all Jens' comments.

You might try it the other way around.

Create a window as usual using XForms.

Get the Xwindow window ID of your window.

Launch an xterm and use the -into option
of xterm to make it use your window.

xterm -into window_id is intended to allow
embedding into other applications.  That
may be what you want?

Paul Nicholson

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