[Tutor] What is Curses and why do they call it that.

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Tue Oct 13 09:53:58 CEST 2009

"Bill Campbell" <bill at celestial.net> wrote

>> it offers a degree of terminal independance. It was popular in the 
>> period
>> before GUIs became normal but after they became desirable - ie
>> around 1985-1995.
> And should be more desirable today for applications that require
> efficient, heads-down data entry where one does not want to take
> fingers off of home keys or numeric keypads.

That is entirely possible in a pure GUI, its only bad design that
prevents it! Default focus and tab order settings are available
on virtually every GUI toolkit, its just that the designers often
don't give much thought to it.

Alan Gauld
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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