a portable text user interface ?
joost_jacob at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 8 14:24:37 CET 2002
We would like a -portable- module that provides 4 functions:
setupTextUI(width, height) # returning a text UI object, top left is
writeXY(textWindow, x, y, string) # print string on position (x,y)
readXY(textWindow, x, y) # waiting for user input with cursor
# (x,y) and returning a string from user
or better function names if you come up with it.
The textWindow parameter is here for the example and not really
because the module could handle it internally. The text window's top
corner should match the console window's top left. If the text window
bigger than the console window it just gets clipped. More functions
needed immediately, e.g. you need to erase part of the window just
With a module like this included in the Python distribution you could
simple text based user interfaces that work on Windows, linux, *nix
that dont flicker, that is, if it is well implemented. It looks so
it really is not. You would need to know how to do things on all
I tried and gave up, besides i do not have access to much OS's to test
with. Doing this for linux and unix is simple with the curses module,
Windows? Mac? The pdcurses and WConio modules i found for Windows
compilation etc., couldnt test/install them properly (no MS compiler
Cygwin Python has partially implemented curses but then you need to
have Cygwin installed.
What we need is something in the Python distribution -itself- that is
Portable curses would be nice, but maybe its too much to start with,
people would be happy with only a few functions like those above,
like the low/high-Video could come later.
We think a well implemented portable text ui module in the Python
distribution would improve Python a lot. What do other users think?
the core Python developers think? Should it be a PEP?
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