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writers dream interface

Does anyone know how to develop a user interface similar to
writers dream, ie. a colour screen ...and the user should be  able to use the up and down arrow keys to select options then enter some input...no mouse use...because the program will be used in a busy shop and they only like to use keyboard.......we may run the program in dos mode...so little or no windows environment....
if you haven't seen writers dream program then email me at
feng1@ugrad.ug.cs.su.oz.au
and I will send it to you .. it is a shareware....

any comments or suggestions?
zakmanAsked:
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zakmanAuthor Commented:
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
Borland's Turbo C started to support an object library called TurbVision, it is easy that use that library to develop such an application as you mentioned. It is a DOS-based-Windows-Ready library.
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zakmanAuthor Commented:
which version of Turbo C , does the library comes with the Turbo C compilar or do we have to pay extra for it..?

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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
Turbo C++, Borland C++ all have this library, it is free.
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zakmanAuthor Commented:
I think I need to use curses.h and term.h to build an interface as mentioned above.....but the only problem is that the above libraries are only for unix and linux based system not for win or dos.....ie it did not compile under linux or unix....
so is there a similar library for Dos or windows that I can use........?????
The only thing that I looking for is to get the arrow keys working ....and the user does not need to use a mouse in order to perform a task..ie only arrows keys and enter key will be used....

any suggestions??????
 
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julio011597Commented:
The same functionality is achieved in DOS by using <conio.h>, which has functions and macros to handle keybord, cursor, and screen.

Regards, julio
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
Julio, that h file is a very very basic console I/O control for DOS mode, not a fine defined library.
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julio011597Commented:
AFAIK, that is your only chance.

BTW, what's a "fine defined library"?

-julio
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zakmanAuthor Commented:
what about TV.h ........has anyone used tv.h (BC++ turbo vision) to build an interface that handles arrow keys etc....I just want to know if it's worth buying........
thanks
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NexialCommented:
Curses, etc (shareware) exist for DOS if you want to use it.
See SUNET or any of the good depositories, or use a search engine
for it.   Also purchaseable from Austin Code Works if they still
exist.   99+% compatible with the unix version.
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NexialCommented:



Use pdcurses. This is the current README at ftp.gu.edu.au:

griffin.itc.gu.edu.au:/src/PDCurses
ncftp>get README -

This directory contains PDCurses, a public domain implementation of
System V Curses. The following files are present:

pdcurs22.zip        - PDCurses 2.2 source code (latest release)
dosbcc22.zip        - compiled libraries for DOS Borland C++ 3.0
dosmsc22.zip        - compiled libraries for DOS Microsoft C 6.0
dosdjg22.zip        - compiled libraries for DOS DJGPP 1.12
os2icc22.zip        - compiled libraries for OS/2 IBM C/Set2
os2emx22.zip        - compiled libraries for OS/2 emx 0.09a
dmake38-source.zip  - source for dmake version 3.8
dmake38-dos-exe.zip - DOS executable for dmake 3.8
dmake38-os2-exe.zip - OS/2 executable for dmake 3.8

You may find a copy at a closer site.


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rbrCommented:
I have some generic I/O routines written for DOS, OS/2, Mac and Linux. If you are interested in it write an email to rbr@physik.kfunigraz.ac.at
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zakmanAuthor Commented:
rbr....I sent you an email...but it was returned ....please check your email address....

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rbrCommented:
Try it pls today. Yesterday my mail server was down. You can also try t.informatik@magnet.at
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