inch, winch, mvinch, mvwinch - get a character and
attributes from a curses window
chtype winch(WINDOW *win);
chtype mvinch(int y, int x);
These routines return the character, of type chtype, at the current
position in the named window. If any attributes are set for that position,
their values are OR'ed into the value returned. Constants defined in
<curses.h> can be used with the & (logical AND)
operator to extract the character or attributes alone.
The following bit-masks may be AND-ed with characters returned by winch.
chtype mvwinch(WINDOW *win, int y, int
Functions with a “mv” prefix first perform a cursor movement using
wmove, and return an error if the position is outside the window, or if
the window pointer is null.
||Bit-mask to extract character
||Bit-mask to extract attributes
||Bit-mask to extract color-pair field information
The winch function does not return an error if the window
contains characters larger than 8-bits (255). Only the low-order 8 bits of
the character are used by winch.
Note that all of these routines may be macros.
These functions are described in the XSI Curses standard, Issue 4.
Very old systems (before standardization) provide a different
function with the same name:
- The winch function was part of the original BSD curses library,
which stored a 7-bit character combined with the standout
- In BSD curses, winch returned only the character (as an integer)
with the standout attribute removed.
- System V curses added support for several video attributes which could be
combined with characters in the window.
- Reflecting this improvement, the function was altered to return the
character combined with all video attributes in a chtype
X/Open Curses does not specify the size and layout of attributes,
color and character values in chtype; it is implementation-dependent.
This implementation uses 8 bits for character values. An application using
more bits, e.g., a Unicode value, should use the wide-character equivalents
to these functions.
- gives an overview of the WINDOW and chtype data types.
- goes into more detail, pointing out portability problems and constraints
on the use of chtype for returning window information.
- describes comparable functions for the wide-character (ncursesw)