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 XFORMS(5)                     Version 1.0.92                      XFORMS(5)
 Forms Library                                                 Forms Library

                                October 2009

      xforms -   A GUI Toolkit for X Window Systems

      Forms Library for X (xforms) is a GUI toolkit and builder for the X
      Window Systems and runs on all major UNIX platforms as well as OpenVMS
      and OS2.  Forms Library is too complex to be described in the "man"
      page format.  Ask your system administrator for the location of the
      HTML, PDF or PostScript document or follow the links on the Forms
      Library's home page for an online version of the documentation.

      Forms Library is a graphical user interface toolkit based on Xlib for
      X Window Systems. It comes with a rich set of objects such as buttons,
      browsers, sliders and menus integrated into an elegant event/object
      callback execution model that allows fast and easy construction of X
      applications. In addition, the library has support for image read and
      write, format conversion and simple image processing. The library
      consists of a flexible set of C-routines that can be used in C and C++
      programs (As of this writing, perl, ada95, pascal, scheme and Fortran
      bindings to the Forms Library are in beta.)

      The library is efficient and portable and runs on all major Unix
      platforms, including Sun, SGI, HP, DEC Alpha/OSF, IBM RS6000, Convex,
      Cray, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, SCO, Unixware, OpenBSD , BSDi,
      DecSystem(mips)/Ultrix and others.  Non-unix platforms include
      OpenVMS, OS/2, and Window/NT.

      Bundled with the library is also a Form designer, fdesign, which can
      be used to build interaction forms in a WYSIWYG (what you see is what
      you get) way and to generate the corresponding C (or any of the
      binding languages) code for you.  50+ demos in source code are
      distributed with the library.

      All programs written using the Forms Library recognize the following
      command line options

      -display host:dpy
            specifies the server to connect to.

      -bw borderwidth
            specifies the border width to use for built-in objects.

            prints the xforms version information.

      -visual visualName
            requests a visual by name such as TrueColor etc. By default the

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 XFORMS(5)                     Version 1.0.92                      XFORMS(5)
 Forms Library                                                 Forms Library

                                October 2009

            Forms Library always selects the visual that has the most depth.

      -depth depth
            requests a specific depth.

      -fldebug level
            generates some info about the state of the XForms. where level
            is an integer between 1-5 and controls the amount of information
            to output. Depending on the options used when the Forms Library
            was built, a level more than 3 might not be available.

      -sync runs the application in synchronous mode with debug level set to

            requests a private colormap for the application.

            requests a shared colormap even if the application needs more
            colors than available. For those colors that can't be allocated
            in the shared colormap, substitutions are made so the closest
            matching color is used.

            requests a standard colormap.

      -name  newname
            specifies the application name under which resources are to be
            obtained, rather than the default executable file name.

      fdesign(1L), fd2ps(1L)

      Copyright (c) 1996-2002 T.C. Zhao, Mark Overmars and Steve Lamont
      Since 2002: GNU Lesser General Public License
      Maintainers: Jean-Marc Lasgouttes, Angus Leeming and Jens Thoms
      Toerring <>


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