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Re: NCurses - GUI or TUI?

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: NCurses - GUI or TUI?
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2008 16:37:45 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 7 Apr 2008, G Hasse wrote:

On Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 01:52:15PM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
On Mon, 7 Apr 2008, Adrian Hayter wrote:

Hey guys,

I just wondered whether ncurses is officially classified as a gui
or a tui? I know it can handle graphics but apparently its
officially a tui. I just wanted to know the official word on the

It supports tui's, but is not _itself_ a tui (just like the X
Toolkit supports gui's - both are low-level libraries).  The
form/menu/panel libraries are somewhat higher-level.

A funny thing is that I (a long time ago) had a library that
took motif applications and made them textbased. Like curses.

WM_Motif for instance (though I've only read occasional comments about that)

So you could program Motif and end up in a text interface. Scary...


Thomas E. Dickey

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