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+.\" Author: Thomas E. Dickey <dickey@clark.net> 1997,1999,2000
+.\"
+.\" $Id: default_colors.3x,v 1.13 2000/07/15 22:06:50 tom Exp $
+.TH default_colors 3X ""
+.SH NAME
+\fBdefault_colors\fR:
+\fBuse_default_colors\fR,
+\fBassume_default_colors\fR \- use terminal's default colors
+..
+.SH SYNOPSIS
+\fB#include <curses.h>\fP
+
+\fBint use_default_colors(void);\fP
+.br
+\fBint assume_default_colors(int fg, int bg);\fP
+..
+.SH DESCRIPTION
+The
+.I use_default_colors()
+and
+.I assume_default_colors()
+functions are extensions to the curses library.
+They are used with terminals that support ISO 6429 color, or equivalent.
+These terminals allow the application to reset color to an unspecified
+default value (e.g., with SGR 39 or SGR 49).
+.PP
+Applications that paint a colored background over the whole screen
+do not take advantage of SGR 39 and SGR 49.
+Some applications are designed to work with the default background,
+using colors only for text.
+For example, there are several implementations of the \fBls\fP program
+which use colors to denote different file types or permissions.
+These "color ls" programs do not necessarily modify the background color,
+typically using only the \fIsetaf\fP terminfo capability to set the
+foreground color.
+Full-screen applications that use default colors can achieve similar
+visual effects.
+.PP
+The first function,
+.I use_default_colors()
+tells the curses library to assign terminal default
+foreground/background colors to color number -1. So init_pair(x,COLOR_RED,-1)
+will initialize pair x as red on default background and init_pair(x,-1,COLOR_BLUE) will
+initialize pair x as default foreground on blue.
+.PP
+The other,
+.I assume_default_colors()
+is a refinement which tells which colors to paint for color pair 0.
+This function recognizes a special color number -1,
+which denotes the default terminal color.
+.PP
+The following are equivalent:
+.RS
+.br
+.I use_default_colors();
+.br
+.I assume_default_colors(-1,-1);
+.RE
+.PP
+These are ncurses extensions.
+For other curses implementations, color
+number -1 does not mean anything, just as for ncurses before a
+successful call of \fIuse_default_colors()\fP or \fIassume_default_colors()\fP.
+.PP
+Other curses implementations do not allow an application to modify color pair 0.
+They assume that the background is COLOR_BLACK,
+but do not ensure that the color pair 0 is painted to match the
+assumption.
+If your application does not use either
+.I use_default_colors()
+or
+.I assume_default_colors()
+ncurses will paint a white foreground (text) with black background
+for color pair 0.
+..
+.SH RETURN VALUE
+These functions return the integer \fBERR\fP upon failure and \fBOK\fP on success.
+They will fail if either the terminal does not support
+the \fIorig_pair\fP or \fIorig_colors\fP capability.
+If the \fIinitialize_pair\fP capability is found, this causes an
+error as well.
+..
+.SH NOTES
+Associated with this extension, the \fBinit_pair\fR(3X) function accepts
+negative arguments to specify default foreground or background
+colors.
+..
+.SH PORTABILITY
+These routines are specific to ncurses. They were not supported on
+Version 7, BSD or System V implementations. It is recommended that
+any code depending on them be conditioned using NCURSES_VERSION.
+..
+.SH SEE ALSO
+\fBcurs_color\fR(3X),
+\fBded\fP(1).
+..
+.SH AUTHOR
+Thomas Dickey (from an analysis of the requirements for color xterm
+for XFree86 3.1.2C, February 1996).
+.\"#
+.\"# The following sets edit modes for GNU EMACS
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