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1 Text User Interface using comboot
4 This is a menu system written by Murali Krishnan Ganapathy and ported
5 from OpenWatcom to gcc by HPA. It is currently being maintained by the
6 original author.
8 To configure the menus, you need to set up a menu configuration file
9 to have the menu items you desire, then build the menu system using
10 make. You can use either simple.c or complex.c as a starting point
11 for your own menu configuration file; If your menu system is only going
12 to have entries corresponding to things which can be executed directly,
13 then you can create a file in ".menu" format instead of the C code.
15 See MENU_FORMAT for the syntax of .menu files
17 The resulting code is a 32-bit COMBOOT code, and hence can be executed
18 only under syslinux. You can use tools like bochs to help debug your
21 Menu Features currently supported are:
22 * menu items,
23 * submenus,
24 * disabled items,
25 * checkboxes,
26 * invisible items (useful for dynamic menus), and
27 * Radio menus,
28 * Context sensitive help
29 * Authenticated users
30 * Editing commands associated with items
32 The keys used are:
34 * Arrow Keys, PgUp, PgDn, Home, End Keys
35 * Space to switch state of a checkbox
36 * Enter to choose the item
37 * Escape to exit from it
38 * Shortcut keys
42 This is a general purpose menu system implemented using only BIOS calls,
43 so it can be executed in a COMBOOT environment as well. It is highly
44 customizable. Some features include:
46 * Status line
47 Display any help information associated with each menu item.
48 * Window
49 Specify a window within which the menu system draws all its menu's.
50 It is upto the user to ensure that the menu's fit within the window.
51 * Positioning submenus
52 By default, each submenu is positioned just below the corresponding
53 entry of the parent menu. However, the user may position each menu
54 at a specific location of his choice. This is useful, when the menu's
55 have lots of options.
56 * Registering handlers for each menu item
57 This is mainly used for checkboxes and radiomenu's, where a selection may
58 result in disabling other menu items/checkboxes
59 * Global Screen Handler
60 This is called every time the menu is redrawn. The user can display
61 additional information (usually outside the window where the menu is
62 being displayed). See the complex.c for an example, where the global
63 handler is used to display the choices made so far.
64 * Global Keys Handler
65 This is called every time the user presses a key which the menu
66 system does not understand. This can be used to display context
67 sensitive help. See complex.c for how to use this hook to implement
68 a context sensitive help system as well as "On the fly" editing
69 of commands associated with menus.
70 * Shortcut Keys
71 With each item one can register a shortcut key from [A-Za-z0-9].
72 Pressing a key within that range, will take you to the next item
73 with that shortcut key (so you can have multiple items with the
74 same shortcut key). The default shortcut key for each item, is
75 the lower case version of the first char of the item in the range
77 * Escape Keys
78 Each item entry can have a substring enclosed in < and >. This part
79 is highlighted. Can be used to highlight the shortcut keys. By default
80 if an item has a <, then the first char inside < and > in the range
81 [A-Za-z0-9] is converted to lower case and set as the shortcut key.
82 * Ontimeout handler
83 The user can register an ontimeout handler, which gets called if
84 no key has been pressed for a user specific amount of time (default 5 min).
85 For an example see the complex.c file.
89 * The Watcom developers and Peter Anvin for figuring out an OS
90 independent startup code.
91 * Thomas for porting the crypt function and removing all C library
93 * Peter Anvin for porting the code to GCC
95 - Murali (firstname.lastname@example.org)