menu_attributes.3x man page

menu_back, menu_fore, menu_grey, menu_pad, set_menu_back, set_menu_fore, set_menu_grey, set_menu_pad — color and attribute control for menus


#include <menu.h>
int set_menu_fore(MENU *menu, chtype attr);
chtype menu_fore(const MENU *menu);
int set_menu_back(MENU *menu, chtype attr);
chtype menu_back(const MENU *menu);
int set_menu_grey(MENU *menu, chtype attr);
chtype menu_grey(const MENU *menu);
int set_menu_pad(MENU *menu, int pad);
int menu_pad(const MENU *menu);


The function set_menu_fore sets the foreground attribute of menu. This is the highlight used for selected menu items. menu_fore returns the foreground attribute. The default is A_REVERSE.

The function set_menu_back sets the background attribute of menu. This is the highlight used for selectable (but not currently selected) menu items. The function menu_back returns the background attribute. The default is A_NORMAL.

The function set_menu_grey sets the grey attribute of menu. This is the highlight used for un-selectable menu items in menus that permit more than one selection. The function menu_grey returns the grey attribute. The default is A_UNDERLINE.

The function set_menu_pad sets the character used to fill the space between the name and description parts of a menu item. menu_pad returns the given menu's pad character. The default is a blank.

Return Value

These routines return one of the following:

The routine succeeded.
System error occurred (see errno).
Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argument.

See Also

curses(3X) and related pages whose names begin "menu_" for detailed descriptions of the entry points.


The header file <menu.h> automatically includes the header file <curses.h>.


These routines emulate the System V menu library. They were not supported on Version 7 or BSD versions.


Juergen Pfeifer. Manual pages and adaptation for new curses by Eric S. Raymond.