NAMEadd_wch, wadd_wch, mvadd_wch, mvwadd_wch, echo_wchar, wecho_wchar - add a complex character and rendition to a curses window, then advance the cursor
DESCRIPTIONThe add_wch, wadd_wch, mvadd_wch, and mvwadd_wch functions put the complex character wch into the given window at its current position, which is then advanced. These functions perform wrapping and special-character processing as follows:
- If wch refers to a spacing character, then any previous character at that location is removed. A new character specified by wch is placed at that location with rendition specified by wch. The cursor then advances to the next spacing character on the screen.
- If wch refers to a non-spacing character, all previous characters at that location are preserved. The non-spacing characters of wch are added to the spacing complex character, and the rendition specified by wch is ignored.
- If the character part of wch is a tab, newline, backspace or other control character, the window is updated and the cursor moves as if addch were called.
The echo_wchar function is functionally equivalent to a call to add_wch followed by a call to refresh. Similarly, the wecho_wchar is functionally equivalent to a call to wadd_wch followed by a call to wrefresh. The knowledge that only a single character is being output is taken into consideration and, for non-control characters, a considerable performance gain might be seen by using the * echo* functions instead of their equivalents.
RETURN VALUESAll routines return the integer ERR upon failure and OK on success.
NOTESNote that add_wch, mvadd_wch, mvwadd_wch, and echo_wchar may be macros.
PORTABILITYAll these functions are described in the XSI Curses standard, Issue 4. The defaults specified for forms-drawing characters apply in the POSIX locale.
XSI documents constants beginning with WACS_ which are used for line-drawing. Those are not currently implemented in ncurses.