XbaeInput man page

XbaeInput — The Input widget class.

Synopsis

#include <Xbae/Input.h>

Description

XbaeInput is a text input field that provides generic customised data entry and formatting for strings. It does this by using a clever XmNmodifyVerifyCallback that is installed when the XmNpattern resource is set. The XmNpattern value may include optional characters and literals which will be discussed later in this document.

The XbaeInput widget is ideal for restricting data input to a digit, alphanumeric character or an alphabetic character. If XmNconvertCase is set, the widget automatically changes an inserted character to uppercase or lowercase. Literal characters can also be included in the XmNpattern that can be automatically inserted as the user types by setting the XmNautofill resource to True. Optional literals cannot be auto inserted, however.

Unlike the XmText field from which this widget is subclassed, the toggle-overwrite action is bound to the osfInsert key. The XmNoverwriteMode is also provided to allow the resource to be changed programatically.

When the XbaeInput widget loses focus or is activated in the same way as the XmText field would be, callbacks on the XmNvalidateCallback list are invoked, allowing the programmer to validate the data as well as reformatting the existing string.

Classes

XbaeInput inherits behavior and resources from the Core, XmPrimitive, and XmText widget classes.
The class pointer is xbaeInputWidgetClass.
The class name is XbaeInput.

New Resources

The following table lists the new resources defined by XbaeInput. The codes in the Access column indicate whether the given resource can be set at creation time (C), or set by using XtSetValues (S), or retrieved by using XtGetValues (G).

XbaeInput Resource Set
NameClassTypeDefaultAccess
XmNalignmentXmCAlignmentunsigned charXmALIGNMENT_BEGINNINGCSG
XmNautoFillXmCBooleanBooleanFalseCSG
XmNconvertCaseXmCBooleanBooleanTrueCSG
XmNoverwriteModeXmCBooleanBooleanFalseCSG
XmNpatternXmCStringStringNULLCSG
XmNvalidateCallbackXmCCallbackCallbackNULLCSG

This resource has not been implemented.

XmNalignment
This resource has not been implemented!

Specifies the alignment of the text when being edited and displayed. Possible values are XmALIGNMENT_BEGINNINGand XmALIGNMENT_END. If XmNalignment is set to XmALIGNMENT_END, the text will be right justified. If left as the default of XmALIGNMENT_BEGINNING, the text will be left justified.
XmNautoFill
The XmNautoFill resource, when set to True, attempts to automatically insert a literal if a non literal is hit in an allowed literal position. For example, if the XmNpattern resource was set up to accept a date in dd/mm/yyyy format and the user typed "18041999" The resulting string would appear as "18/04/1999". The default value is False, where the user would have to type the literal.
XmNconvertCase
Tells the XbaeInput widget what should be done to alphabetic characters if the requires a lowercase or uppercase letter. If the XmNconvertCase is set to True (default), then the character is automatically converted to the correct case. If set to False, then the user must type the character in the correct case in order for it to be accepted. See the Example Patterns section towards the end of this document for some examples.
overwriteMode
Whether the widget accepts characters in insert mode or overwrite mode is controlled by the resource. Setting this resource calls the XmText toggle-overwrite() action routine, so the Motif toolkit being used must also support this routine.
XmNpattern

The XmNpattern resource specifies what can be typed into the XbaeInput widget. If set to the default value of NULL any character may be entered. The XmNpattern can be set to a string containing the following characters.

aalphabetic characters only
bboth - either digit or character
cany character at all
ddigits only
Uupperchase character only
Llowercase character only
[start of optional sequence
]end of optional sequence
\\escapes the next character
|next char is an alternative to previous. May be chained.

Inherited Resources

The following table lists the resources which XbaeInput inherits from it's superclasses XmText, XmPrimitive and Core. For a complete description of each resource, refer to the man page for that superclass. The codes in the "Access" column indicate whether the given resource can be set at creation time (C), or set by using XtSetValues (S), or retrieved by using XtGetValues (G).

XmText Resource Set
NameClassTypeDefaultAccess
XmNautoShowCursorPositionXmCAutoShowCursorPositionBooleanTrueCSG
XmNcursorPositionXmCCursorPositionXmTextPosition0CSG
XmNeditableXmCEditableBooleanTrueCSG
XmNeditModeXmCEditModeintXmSINGLE_LINE_EDITCSG
XmNfocusCallbackXmCCallbackXtCallbackListNULLCSG
XmNgainPrimaryCallbackXmCCallbackXtCallbackListNULLCSG
XmNlosePrimaryCallbackXmCCallbackXtCallbackListNULLCSG
XmNlosingFocusCallbackXmCCallbackXtCallbackListNULLCSG
XmNmarginHeightXmCMarginHeightDimension5CSG
XmNmarginWidthXmCMarginWidthDimension5CSG
XmNmaxLengthXmCMaxLengthintlargest integerCSG
XmNmodifyVerifyCallbackXmCCallbackXtCallbackListNULLCSG
XmNmodifyVerifyCallbackWcsXmCCallbackXtCallbackListNULLCSG
XmNmotionVerifyCallbackXmCCallbackXtCallbackListNULLCSG
XmNsourceXmCSourceXmTextSourceDefault sourceCSG
XmNtopCharacterXmCTextPositionXmTextPosition0CSG
XmNvalueXmCValueString""CSG
XmNvalueChangedCallbackXmCCallbackXtCallbackListNULLCSG
XmNvalueWcsXmCvalueWcswchar_t *(wchar_t *)""CSG
XmNverifyBellXmCVerifyBellBooleandynamicCSG
XmPrimitive Resource Set
NameClassTypeDefaultAccess
XmNbottomShadowColorXmCBottomShadowColorPixeldynamicCSG
XmNbottomShadowPixmapXmCBottomShadowPixmapPixmapXmUNSPECIFIED_PIXMAPCSG
XmNforegroundXmCForegroundPixeldynamicCSG
XmNhighlightColorXmCHighlightColorPixeldynamicCSG
XmNhighlightOnEnterXmCHighlightOnEnterBooleanFalseCSG
XmNhighlightPixmapXmCHighlightPixmapPixmapdynamicCSG
XmNhighlightThicknessXmCHighlightThicknessDimension2CSG
XmNnavigationTypeXmCNavigationTypeXmNavigationTypeXmNONECSG
XmNshadowThicknessXmCShadowThicknessDimension2CSG
XmNtopShadowColorXmCTopShadowColorPixeldynamicCSG
XmNtopShadowPixmapXmCTopShadowPixmapPixmapdynamicCSG
XmNtraversalOnXmCTraversalOnBooleanTrueCSG
XmNunitTypeXmCUnitTypeunsignedChardynamicCSG
XmNuserDataXmCUserDataPointerNULLCSG
Core Resource Set
NameClassTypeDefaultAccess
XmNacceleratorsXmCAcceleratorsXtAcceleratorsNULLCSG
XmNancestorSensitiveXmCSensitiveBooleandynamicG
XmNbackgroundXmCBackgroundPixeldynamicCSG
XmNbackgroundPixmapXmCPixmapPixmapXmUNSPECIFIED_PIXMAPCSG
XmNborderColorXmCBorderColorPixelXtDefaultForegroundCSG
XmNborderPixmapXmCPixmapPixmapXmUNSPECIFIED_PIXMAPCSG
XmNborderWidthXmCBorderWidthDimension1CSG
XmNcolormapXmCColormapColormapdynamicCG
XmNdepthXmCDepthintdynamicCG
XmNdestroyCallbackXmCCallbackXtCallbackListNULLC
XmNheightXmCHeightDimensiondynamicCSG
XmNinitialResourcesPersistentXmCInitialResourcesPersistentBooleanTrueC
XmNmappedWhenManagedXmCMappedWhenManagedBooleanTrueCSG
XmNscreenXmCScreenScreendynamicCG
XmNsensitiveXmCSensitiveBooleanTrueCSG
XmNtranslationsXmCTranslationsXtTranslationsdynamicCSG
XmNwidthXmCWidthDimensiondynamicCSG
XmNxXmCPositionPosition0CSG
XmNyXmCPositionPosition0CSG

Callback Information

XmNvalidateCallback

Callbacks on the XmNvalidateCallback list are called when the edits to the XbaeInput widget are activated or a losing focus event occurs. Each callback function is passed the following structure:

typedef struct
{
intreason;
XEvent*event;
Stringpattern;
Stringvalue;
Booleandoit;
} XbaeInputValidateCallbackStruct;
reason
Set to XmCR_ACTIVATE if the user caused the callback to be invoked by activating the changes in the cell or XmCR_LOSING_FOCUS if the callback was called due to a losing focus event.
event
The event pointer that triggered the callback.
pattern
A pointer to the pattern for the XbaeInput widget or NULL if one does not exist. This value is provided as a convenience to the callback.
value
The value as it appears in the cell at the time of the callback being invoked.
doit
Indicates whether or not the value is valid. By setting doit to False the value will not be accepted.

This callback provides the application of checking the validity of the value entered into the XbaeInput widget. Checking the validity of a date may be one such instance. If the value is verified as valid, all values of the callback may be left unchanged. If the pointer to the value is changed, the new value will be displayed in the cell and storage for the old value deallocated by the XbaeInput widget. The new value's memory is owned by the application and it is up to the application to use XtFree to deallocate it.

If the value is not considered valid, the doit flag should be set to False, forcing the user to make changes before the value can be accepted.

Translations

XbaeInput inherits translations from XmText. Some versions of Motif do not have the

:<Key>osfInsert:toggle-overstrike()

translation installed by default. If this is the case, XbaeInput automatically registers this translation.

Type Converters

XbaeInput does not define any new type converters other than the standard type converters registered by Xt and Motif.

Public Functions

The following external entry points to XbaeInput class methods are defined:

XbaeCreateInput()

Widget XbaeCreateInput()
Widgetparent;
Stringname;
ArgListarglist;
Cardinalargcount;
parent
Specifies the parent widget ID.
name
Specifies the name of the created widget
arglist
Specifies the argument list
argcount
Specifies the number of attribute/value pairs in the argument list (arglist)

XbaeCreateInput() creates an instance of an XbaeInput widget and returns the associated widget ID.

Example Patterns

d[d]/d[d]/dd[dd]
A date that would accept 1/1/99, 12/1/99, 1/12/1999, 01/01/2000, etc.
U[L][L][L][L][L], U[L][L][L][L][L]
"Surname, Firstname" combination, automatically forcing correct case and allowing between 1 and 6 characters per name.
UU-dd[d][d]
A flight number consisting of two uppercase letters and 2 to 4 numbers
(ddd) ddd-dddd
An American style phone number
UdU[-]dUd
A Canadian postcode with optional dash.

Virtual Bindings

The bindings for virtual keys are vendor specific. For information about bindings for virtual buttons and keys, see VirtualBindings(3X).

Author

Andrew Lister (lister@db.com)

Release

This document describes XbaeInput from Xbae Version 4.9.

See Also

Core(3X), XmPrimitive(3X), XmText(3X)

Notice of Limitation

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Copyright 1999 Andrew Lister. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright 1999-2002 LessTif Developers

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Referenced By

XbaeMatrix(3).

4.60.4 xbae