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students, grandmas, Liberal Arts majors and the rest of the vast non-technical world who just need
to get useful work done.
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First public release – (2023-07-16)
This compact library provides console applications easy access to the full set of ANSI escape sequences defined by the
ANSI X3.64, (ECMA-48, ISO/IEC 6429) standard. These include foreground/background color selection for 4-bit, 8-bit and RGB
colors; text attributes such as bold and italic text; cursor positioning; area erase, and more. The library also provides
support for ASCII control codes including capture and management of the Panic Button (Control+C).
The AnsiCmd library is a project that has been in development off-and-on for a few years. It began during the various
Covid-19 lockdowns as an experiment in the math behind calculating the distance between GPS (Global Positioning System)
coordinates. While that project was an amusing distraction, the mechanics of building a user interface without ncurses
quickly drew most of the author's coffee-powered energy. We hope you will enjoy exploring the possibilities as much as we do.
Infodoc HTML Post-Processor Updated!
” HTML post-processor has been updated to support ‘makeinfo’ (texi2any)
and above. The makeinfo developers have made some significant changes to the syntax of the HTML code generated from the
Texinfo source. These changes are related to the way in which the file header and Table of Contents are constructed.
If your HTML documentation is generated using makeinfo v:6.7
, download Infodoc
If your documentation is generated using makeinfo v:6.8
NcDialog Application Programming Interface
NcDialog is a full-featured application development library for console-based applications.
Go to the Downloads page to download the API source and documentation,
or Click here to take the tour.
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