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Windowing syntax is supplied for backward compatibility only. We
recommend that you do not use it when creating new applications.
Your COBOL system supports syntax which enables you to draw lines and
boxes on the terminal screen, and create virtual terminal windows on a
physical terminal. All ACCEPT and DISPLAY statements then act within the
current window (except for ACCEPT format 1, 2, or 3 statements, DISPLAY
format 1 statements, and DISPLAY WINDOW/LINE/BOX statements). The syntax
also enables underlying displays to be kept and restored.
The following syntax for windowing support is available:
DISPLAY WINDOW - This statement creates a terminal window (a rectangular
region of the screen) and makes it the current window. This is like a
virtual terminal, in which screen positions used by subsequent
ACCEPT/DISPLAY statements are relative to the top left corner of the
DISPLAY LINE - This statement enables you to draw lines on the terminal
(real or virtual). The best mode available on the terminal is used
automatically. Used with the DISPLAY BOX statement, the DISPLAY LINE
statement enables you to draw lines on the terminal.
DISPLAY BOX - This statement enables you to draw boxes on the terminal.
The best mode available on the terminal is used automatically. Used with
the DISPLAY LINE statement, the DISPLAY BOX statement enables you to draw
forms on the terminal.
CLOSE WINDOW - This statement removes a window. If you specify the
window as being a POP-UP window, the underlying display can be restored.
In order to use the windowing syntax, you must use the PREPROCESS"WINDOW1"
Compiler directive. For the UNIX operating system the directive must be
specified in lower case ("window1").
You can specify this directive in one of two ways.
- In your source file use the following line:
- From the command line include the PREPROCESS"WINDOW1"
The PREPROCESS "WINDOW1" directive must be the last Compiler
directive apart from NOERRQ, AUTOCLOSE or COLOR. If an error is
encountered, the Compiler asks if you wish to ontinue, and waits for your
response. In order to disable this function, you must specify the NOERRQ
directive after PREPROCESS "WINDOW1".
On the UNIX operating system, if you create a new RTS that is to make use
of windowing syntax, you must include the -I COBWIN2 flag on the command
line. The following is an example of a command line you could use to
create a new RTS to include windowing support:
cob -x -I COBWIN2 -o rts.new
The following sections give details of the windowing syntax enabled by
the PREPROCESS "WINDOW1" directive.
This section explains COBOL windowing, which provides three additional
formats of the DISPLAY verb for creating windows and drawing lines and
boxes. Other formats are described in your Language Reference.
Format 1 - DISPLAY WINDOW
The DISPLAY WINDOW statement is part of the windowing syntax enabled by
the PREPROCESS"WINDOW1" directive. The DISPLAY WINDOW statement
is for creating windows.
Format 2 - DISPLAY LINE
The DISPLAY LINE statement is for drawing lines.
Format 3 - DISPLAY BOX
The DISPLAY BOX statement is for drawing boxes.
line-num is a numeric literal or data item that
specifies the line position on the terminal screen. It must be a
col-num is a numeric literal or data item that
specifies the column position on the terminal screen. It must be a
length is a numeric literal or data item that
specifies the window-width, line-width or box-width in character
positions. It must be a nonnegative integer.
height is a numeric literal or data item that
specifies the number of lines in the window, line or box. It must be a
title is a nonnumeric literal or alphanumeric
save-area is an elementary data item described
by a PIC X(10) clause.
- REVERSE and REVERSED and REVERSE-VIDEO are equivalent.
- The COLOR clause is only supported when the preprocessor directive
COLOR is used. This adds support for existing non-Micro Focus syntax.
- Exactly one of the SIZE or LINES phrases must be specified for a
Format 2 DISPLAY statement.
take a value in the range 0-7 as follows:
|brown or yellow
must take a value which is obtained by adding together the appropriate
values from the following:
Note: The foreground color values for use with the COLOR
clause are different from the standard Micro Focus color values for;
FOREGROUND-COLOR, BACKGROUND-COLOR and so on.
In addition you can specify the following video attributes with the
- If a COLOR clause is present at the same time as FOREGROUND-COLOR
and/or BACKGROUND-COLOR, then the colors defined in the COLOR clause are
ignored, but any non-color attributes are actioned (where appropriate).
- The LINE and COLUMN phrase
s must specify a line or column on the physical screen.
- On color systems, both the settings given in COLOR or
FOREGROUND-COLOR and BACKGROUND-COLOR and other attribute settings (for
example blink) are used. On monochrome systems, all color information
supplied is ignored, and only other attribute settings used.
- Not all combinations of attributes are supported on all systems. For
example, on a standard DOS PC, set to monochrome mode, REVERSE and
UNDERLINE are mutually exclusive - only one of these attributes is
- If the color value for either foreground or background is set to 0 in
the COLOR field, then the corresponding color of the default system
attribute is used.
Format 1 (DISPLAY WINDOW)
- The DISPLAY WINDOW statement creates and makes current a terminal
window. The terminal window is a rectangular region of your screen. Any
ACCEPT or DISPLAY statements (apart from another DISPLAY WINDOW/LINE/BOX
or a Format 1, 2 or 3 ACCEPT or Format 1 DISPLAY as described in your
Language Reference) affect only the current window.
Furthermore, line and column numbers for all ACCEPT and DISPLAY
statements (apart from another DISPLAY WINDOW/LINE/BOX or a Format 1, 2
or 3 ACCEPT or Format 1 DISPLAY as described in your Language
Reference) are computed from the upper left hand corner of the
current window. That is, the current window defines a virtual terminal
screen which occupies some area of your physical screen.
- The initial window is set to the entire screen.
- The only way to change the current window is with another DISPLAY
WINDOW statement or with the CLOSE WINDOW statement.
- The LINE NUMBER phrase
sets the top line of the window. Line number one refers to the
top line of the screen. Line numbers are relative to the screen, and not
to the current window.
- If the LINE NUMBER phrase is not specified, is specified as zero, or
is off the physical screen, the top line of the screen is used.
- The COLUMN NUMBER phrase
sets the leftmost column of the window. Column number one refers
to the left side of the screen. Column numbers are relative to the
screen, and not to the current window.
- If the COLUMN NUMBER phrase is not specified, is specified as zero,
or is off the physical screen, column number one is used.
- The SIZE phrase
sets the number of columns the window contains. If this causes
the window to extend past the right edge of the screen, the window's
width extends off the screen.
- If the SIZE phrase is not specified or is specified as zero, the
window extends to the right edge of the screen.
- The LINES phrase
sets the number of rows the window contains. If this causes the
window to extend past the bottom of the screen, the window extends off
- If the LINES phrase is not specified or is specified as zero, the
window extends to the bottom edge of the screen.
- When the ERASE phrase
is specified, the window is cleared immediately after it is
created. Otherwise the window's contents are not changed. Clearing a
window sets it to spaces.
- The BOXED phrase
causes a box to be drawn around the new window. The box is drawn
outside the window. Any portions of the box that lie off the screen are
- The terminal's line drawing set is used to draw the box. If the
terminal does not have a line drawing set, equivalent ASCII characters
are used. If the POP-UP phrase
is also specified, the box overlays any other boxes on the
screen. If this phrase is not specified, the box drawn is attached to
any other boxes it intersects. When a boxed non-popup window intersects
a boxed popup window, if the popup window is created first, when it is
closed the points where the two window boxes intersected is not redrawn.
That is, intersection characters remain even though there is no longer
- The ERASE phrase is implied by the BOXED phrase.
- The REVERSED phrase
exchanges the window's foreground and background colors. This
affects every ACCEPT and DISPLAY statement in the new window.
- The REVERSED phrase implies the ERASE phrase. This usually causes the
entire window to be set to reverse video spaces when it is initially
- The TITLE phrase
causes the title to be printed in the window's border. This has
its effect only if the BOXED phrase is also specified.
- Titles can be placed in one of six positions in the border region:
top left, top center, top right, bottom left, bottom center and bottom
right. If TOP or BOTTOM is not specified, TOP is used. If LEFT, CENTERED
or RIGHT is not specified, CENTERED is used.
- The POP-UP AREA phrase
causes your COBOL system to save system information prior to
creating the new window. This information can be used by the CLOSE
statement to subsequently remove the new window and restore the
underlying windows. This gives a popup window.
save-area data item is filled in with
system information. This data item must not be subsequently modified in
any way or results are undefined. It can be referenced in a CLOSE WINDOW
statement to restore an earlier window to the screen and re-establish
that window as the current window.
Format 2 (DISPLAY LINE)
- The DISPLAY LINE
statement enables you to draw vertical and horizontal lines in a
machine- and terminal-independent manner. The lines are drawn using the
best mode available on the display device. Used together with the
DISPLAY BOX statement, this provides the ability to draw lines on your
screen. The DISPLAY LINE statement does not affect the positioning of
full screen ACCEPT and DISPLAY statements.
- Lines are drawn so that when they intersect other lines on the
screen, the appropriate intersection character is used. This is done so
that when the end of a line intersects another line, the appropriate
corner or three-way intersection is used.
- If the SIZE phrase
is specified, the line drawn is horizontal. The value of
gives the size of the line in screen columns. If the LINES phrase is
used instead, the line drawn is a vertical line and
describes the number of screen rows to use.
- Lines never wrap around or cause scrolling. If the LINES or SIZE
phrase would cause the line to leave the current window, the line is
truncated at the edge of the window. If LINES or SIZE is zero, no line
- The value of
line-num gives the starting row of
the line. The value of
col-num gives the starting
column. Lines are always drawn to the right or downward as appropriate.
specify a position that is contained in the current window.
- If the LINE NUMBER
or COLUMN NUMBER
phrases specify a point outside the physical screen, that is,
line-num = 0 or 24 (or your screen's maximum), or
col-num = 0 or > 80, no line is drawn.
- The TITLE phrase
has effect only when drawing horizontal lines. When specified,
title-string is printed in part of the line.
- The title can be printed near the right side, near the left side or
in the center of the line depending on the RIGHT, LEFT or CENTERED
phrase specified. If none is specified, CENTERED is used.
- The REVERSE phrase
exchanges the foreground and background color of the line.
Format 3 (DISPLAY BOX)
- The DISPLAY BOX
statement enables you to draw a box in a machine- and
terminal-independent manner. The boxes are drawn using the best mode
available on the display device. If the lines used in drawing a box
intersect other lines already present on the screen, the appropriate
intersection characters are used. The DISPLAY BOX statement does not
affect the positioning of full screen ACCEPT and DISPLAY statements.
- The location of the box is specified by providing the location of the
upper-left corner. The size of the box is specified by providing a
height and a width.
- If the LINE NUMBER or COLUMN NUMBER phrases specify a point outside
the physical screen no box is drawn.
- The SIZE phrase specifies the width of the box. The LINES phrase
specifies its height. If the SIZE phrase is not specified, or zero, or
such that the box would extend beyond the physical screen or the edge of
the window, the box extends to the right edge of the current window. If
the LINES phrase is not specified, or zero, or such that the box would
extend beyond the physical screen, the box extends to the bottom of the
- The REVERSE phrase operates in the same manner as it does for a
DISPLAY WINDOW statement.
- The TITLE phrase operates in the same manner as it does for the
DISPLAY WINDOW statement.
The CLOSE WINDOW statement closes the current video terminal window.
CLOSE WINDOW window-save-area
window-save-area must be an elementary data
item described with a PIC X(10) clause. It must have been the object of
a POP-UP AREA phrase in a DISPLAY WINDOW statement.
- The CLOSE WINDOW statement is used to remove popup windows created by
the POP-UP AREA option of the DISPLAY WINDOW statement.
window-save-area must have been the object of a
POP-UP phrase of a DISPLAY WINDOW statement that has been executed in
this run-unit. Furthermore, since that execution, it must not have been
the object of a CLOSE WINDOW statement, nor can it have been modified by
any other statement. Violation of these rules causes undefined results.
- The CLOSE WINDOW statement restores the contents of the terminal
screen that was in the active window when the corresponding DISPLAY
WINDOW statement executed. In other words, the window that was created
by that DISPLAY WINDOW statement is removed from the screen and replaced
by the contents of the screen which were under that popup window.
- The window that was active when the corresponding DISPLAY WINDOW
statement executed becomes the active window, thereby becoming the top
window and overlaying any other windows that might be present.
The current window is selected by closing windows identified by
window-save-area data items, as
in the following example:
If five popup windows are created,
in that order:
d is closed,
b is then closed,
e is subsequently closed,
becomes current again.
- This feature is not guaranteed to be intermediate code compatible, so
you might need to recompile your source code between product releases.
On the UNIX operating system, if you create a new RTS that is to make
use of windowing syntax you must include the -I cob flag on the command
line as follows:
- When using the ACCEPT or DISPLAY statements with this new windowing
syntax, you must include the AT LINE NUMBER
syntax (see your Language Reference) or items do
not appear in the windows.
On the UNIX operating system you should not use cobprintf() with
these DISPLAY statements.
- You should not use COPY REPLACING
- The windowing syntax is supported only for fixed format COBOL source.
- The following reserved words have been introduced by the windowing
, so you should avoid specifying them as user-defined words:
COLOR (if COLOR directive used)
- You should use only the ACCEPT and DISPLAY statements documented in
your Language Reference with this windowing syntax.
- When using windowing syntax, the ANS85 Compiler directive
is implied. You must not unset this directive either explicitly
- Alphanumeric literals must not be continued over the end of any line
which includes a windowing statement.
- Some syntax errors, for example, spelling PROCEDURE DIVISION
incorrectly, are flagged, but might result in spurious error messages
for following source lines.
- Windowing syntax errors
are serious errors, but are flagged in the form:
On the UNIX operating system, the -P cob flag should not be used with
. You should instead use "-C list".
- Column 73 must not be used within source programs which use windowing
, as this column is always treated as being set to a space
- The Compiler asks if you wish to continue after any error occurs. You
can disable this function by using the NOERRQ directive. On the UNIX
operating system you should not, however, use the NOERRQ directive when
If no error occurred, or if an error occurred but you replied "no"
to the question "do you wish to continue", the Compiler
returns a zero error return-code.
- Each of the following statements must appear on a line by itself:
- The windowing subsystem is initialized automatically upon
encountering the first windowing
- The windowing subsystem can be implicitly and automatically unloaded
by an EXIT PROGRAM statement if you specify the preprocessor directive
AUTOCLOSE on an initial source line as shown below:
$set preprocess "window1" autoclose
This causes all EXIT PROGRAM statements within that source file to
close down the windowing system before exiting the subprogram. The
windowing subsystem is reinitialized upon encountering another
windowing statement. Each time the windowing subsystem initializes,
the background screen and contents are redisplayed.
You can create a subroutine to explicitly close the windowing system
by compiling the following subroutine:
$set preprocess "window1" autoclose
You need simply call this subprogram.
- You should not mix calls to Panels and to windowing syntax
within the same run-unit.
- When a window is active, or has been active in the run-unit, use of
the DISPLAY SPACES UPON CRT statement clears the window to spaces but
leaves attributes unchanged.
- Directives that affect the copyfile should not be used; for example,
COPYEXT, COPYLBR, FOLD-COPY-NAME.
- Environment variables that effect copyfile handling should not be
used; for example, COBCPY.
- The syntax:
COPY filename OF library
is not supported.
The following errors might be encountered during preprocessing
001 Unexpected numeric literal:
002 Unexpected alphanumeric literal:
003 Unsupported keyword or noiseword:
004 Unrecognized clause to DISPLAY WINDOW:
005 Unrecognized clause to DISPLAY LINE:
006 Unrecognized clause to DISPLAY BOX:
007 Unrecognized clause to ACCEPT FROM SCREEN:
008 This keyword has already been used:
009 This keyword conflicts with another:
010 This reserved word is used incorrectly:
011 Wrongly formed or ordered clause with keyword:
012 Error during preprocessing - no further details
The edit/compile/animate loop returns to an incorrect line within your
source program after returning an error.
When the first windowing statement in your program is encountered the
screen is redisplayed. This is expected behavior and does not affect your
program in any way.
78 note-height value 16.
78 note-width value 41.
78 no-of-chars value note-height * note-width.
01 note-window pic x(10).
01 dummy pic x.
01 note-data value all "- wallpaper ".
03 note-char pic x occurs no-of-chars.
01 input-data highlight.
03 line 4 column 6 value " Accept and Display positions ".
03 line 5 column 6 value " are relative to the top left ".
03 line 6 column 6 value " corner of the window. ".
03 pic x using dummy.
01 note-screen pic x(no-of-chars)
using note-data prompt " " reverse-video.
* Put a blank window on the screen with a border and title
display window, line 2, column 38, lines note-height,
size note-width, boxed, erase, reverse
* Define a reference for this window so that it can be removed
* and the previous display restored
pop-up area is note-window
bottom right title "Press Enter to remove window"
* Fill the window with the contents of note-screen
close window note-window.
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