PTUI stands for "Portable Terminal UI". It is an ANSI C library that provides simple terminal-handling routines that can operate on Linux, Windows and DOS.
The prototype declarations (ptui.h) are common to all platforms, but source files are not - each platform needs to build and link to the proper module:
ptui-curse.c ncurses-based backend (Linux and Windows, requires libncurses) ptui-dj.c DJGPP driver (DOS, protected mode) ptui-dos.c real-time DOS driver (uses direct MDA/VGA hardware calls)
Project's homepage: https://github.com/mateuszviste/ptui
How to use
ptui_init(0); ptui_putchar('H', 0x17, 0, 0); ptui_putchar('e', 0x17, 1, 0); ptui_putchar('l', 0x17, 2, 0); ptui_putchar('l', 0x17, 3, 0); ptui_putchar('o', 0x17, 4, 0); ptui_getkey(); /* wait for a key */ ptui_close();
Note about colors: each time a character needs to be output to the terminal, a color attribute must be passed along. A color attribute is a single byte value that encodes foreground color in its low nibble and background color in its high nibble. For instance 0x17 would be white text on blue background, and 0x0e translates as yellow text on black background.
On non-DOS platforms, this library requires ncursesw. One needs to ensure that his program is linked to ncursesw (possibly tinfo, too, depending on your distribution and packaging). Typically, this would be something like that:
cc hello.c ptui-ncurses.c -lncursesw -ltinfo
If you'd like to get in contact with this library's author, you will find instructions how to do so on his personal homepage: http://mateusz.viste.fr
PTUI is published under the MIT license.
Copyright (C) 2013-2020 Mateusz Viste
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