(termcap.info)Capabilities


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Definitions of the Terminal Capabilities
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   This section is divided into many subsections, each for one aspect of
use of display terminals.  For writing a display program, you usually
need only check the subsections for the operations you want to use.
For writing a terminal description, you must read each subsection and
fill in the capabilities described there.

   String capabilities that are display commands may require numeric
parameters (Note: Parameters.).  Most such capabilities do not use
parameters.  When a capability requires parameters, this is explicitly
stated at the beginning of its definition.  In simple cases, the first
or second sentence of the definition mentions all the parameters, in
the order they should be given, using a name in upper case for each
one.  For example, the `rp' capability is a command that requires two
parameters; its definition begins as follows:

     String of commands to output a graphic character C, repeated N
     times.

   In complex cases or when there are many parameters, they are
described explicitly.

   When a capability is described as obsolete, this means that programs
should not be written to look for it, but terminal descriptions should
still be written to provide it.

   When a capability is described as very obsolete, this means that it
should be omitted from terminal descriptions as well.

* Basic
Basic characteristics.
* Screen Size
Screen size, and what happens when it changes.
* Cursor Motion
Various ways to move the cursor.
* Scrolling
Pushing text up and down on the screen.
* Wrapping
What happens if you write a character in the last column.
* Windows
Limiting the part of the window that output affects.
* Clearing
Erasing one or many lines.
* Insdel Line
Making new blank lines in mid-screen; deleting lines.
* Insdel Char
Inserting and deleting characters within a line.
* Standout
Highlighting some of the text.
* Underlining
Underlining some of the text.
* Cursor Visibility
Making the cursor more or less easy to spot.
* Bell
Attracts user's attention; not localized on the screen.
* Keypad
Recognizing when function keys or arrows are typed.
* Meta Key
META acts like an extra shift key.
* Initialization
Commands used to initialize or reset the terminal.
* Pad Specs
Info for the kernel on how much padding is needed.
* Status Line
A status line displays "background" information.
* Half-Line
Moving by half-lines, for superscripts and subscripts.
* Printer
Controlling auxiliary printers of display terminals.

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