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+ C++ interface to ncurses routines
+This directory contains the source code for several C++ classes which
+ease the use of writing ncurses-based programs. The code is derived
+from the libg++ CursesWindow class but enhanced for ncurses.
+The classes simplify the use of window specific functions by
+encapsulating them in the window object. Function overloading is
+used in order to narrow the interface. E.g. you don't have the
+distinction between `printw' and `mvprintw' anymore.
+A second benefit is the removal of all #defines which are included in
+the curses.h file. This is a steady cause of trouble because many
+common identifiers are used. Instead now all #defines are inline
+functions which also allows strict type checking of arguments.
+The next enhancement is color support. It was originally provided by a
+derived class. This caused some trouble if you think about Panels or
+Menus and Forms with colors. We decided to put color support into the
+base class so that any derived class may use color support also.
+The implementation chosen here is directed to unrestricted use
+of mixes of color and monochrome windows. The original NCursesColorWindow
+class is maintained for compatibility reasons.
+The last point to mention is the support of other packages that are
+distributed with the ncurses package: the panels library, the menu library
+and the form library. This support is provided by the NCursesPanel class,
+which is also derived from the NCursesWindow class and the NCursesMenu
+and NCursesForm classes which are derived from NCursesPanel. This allows
+building interfaces with windows.
+Please see the example program for a quick introduction.
+Note that at this point, there is no documentation for these classes.
+Hopefully some will be written in the not too distant future. For now,
+to find out how to use the classes, read the code and the example program.
+Suggestions for enhancements and contributions of code (and docs) are
+welcome. Please let us know which functionality you miss.
+ ATTENTION LINUX USERS: There is currently some discussion of
+ replacing the BSD curses in the Linux libc with ncurses. If
+ this is done we could perhaps include these classes in the Linux
+ libg++ replacing the original CursesWindow class (and renaming it
+ to CursesWindow). This could be done because NCursesWindow can
+ be made easily to a superset of the CursesWindow class.
+ Eric Newton <firstname.lastname@example.org> for FSF's libg++
+Authors of first ncurses based release (NCursesWindow, NCursesPanel):
+ Ulrich Drepper <email@example.com>
+ and Anatoly Ivasyuk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
+Author of this release:
+ Juergen Pfeifer <email@example.com>