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tty.pl -- Terminal operations
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This library package defines some common operations on terminals. It is based on the Unix termcap facility to perform terminal independant I/O on video displays. The package consists of three sections:

  1. Predicates to perform simple operations on terminals
  2. Extenstions to format/2 to include cursor position and clearing sections of the screen.
  3. A generic predicate to build simple menus.
- The stream information on the terminal related streams is not maintained by these predicates.
Source tty_clear
Clear the display.
Source tty_flash
Give visual signal if possible, otherwise beep.
Source menu(+Title, +Options, -Choice) is semidet
Show a menu. The display is cleared, the title is centered at the top, the options are displayed and finally the user actions are parsed and the user's choice is returned. The screen looks like this:
        |                                          |
        |                  Title                   |
        |                                          |
        |   1) Option One                          |
        |   2) Option Two                          |
        |   3) Quit                                |
        |                                          |
        |   Your Choice? *                         |
        |                                          |

The user selects an item by pressing the number of the item, or the first letter of the option. If more then one option match, the common prefix of the matching options is given and the user is expected to type the next character. On illegal input the screen is flashed (or a beep is given if the terminal can't flash the screen).

Text fields (the title and option texts) are either plain atoms or terms Fmt/Args. In the latter case the argument is transformed into an atom using format/3.

The specification of an option is a term PrologName:UserName. PrologName is an atom, which is returned as choice if the user selects this menu item. UserName is processed as a text field (see above) and displayed. The entries are numbered automatically.

The example above could be defined as:

get_action(Choice) :-
                [ option_1 : 'Option One'
                , option_2 : 'Option Two'
                , quit     : 'Quit'
                ], Choice).