May 26, 2018

Renderer for User Interfaces in Ncurses

libRUIN Renderer for User Interfaces in Ncurses is a rendering library for various XML-based user interface markup languages such as XHTML or Mozilla XUL, using the Ncurses terminal control library as a rendering target. GNU Guile and the SDOM Scheme module are used as the “glue” that manages user input and event handling as such, event handlers must currently be written in Guile Scheme; support for ECMAscript event handlers is being considered for inclusion. An application programmer passes an XML document including, potentially, a set of CSS stylesheets and an Ncurses WINDOW structure, and libRUIN paints the WINDOW according to the markup and CSS; the programmer may subsequently pass Ncurses-style input strings to that WINDOW via libRUIN, and libRUIN will handle the resulting event flows.

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