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Terminology 0.4.0





* elementary (>= 1.7.0)
* eina (>= 1.7.0)
* eet (>= 1.7.0)
* evas (>= 1.7.0)
* ecore (>= 1.7.0)
* edje (>= 1.7.0)
* emotion (>= 1.7.0)
* ecore-imf (>= 1.7.0)
* ecore-imf-evas (>= 1.7.0)
* ecore-input (>= 1.7.0)
* ethumb (>= 1.7.0)

Please note that some features may not quite function correctly or
completely on EFL 1.7, and 1.8 or newer would be better.

Please see http://www.enlightenment.org for information on these.

This is an EFL terminal emulator with some extra bells and whistles.
It's brand new and was only started near the begining of June 2012, so
expecting it to do everything a mature terminal emulator does is a bit
premature, but considering it's young age, it does a lot.


Once you have met requirements, compiling and installing is simple:

make install

Note: to make terminology work with input methods in general you need:

export ECORE_IMF_MODULE="xim"
export XMODIFIERS="@im=none"

Special key controls:

Shift+PgUp = Scroll 1 page up
Shift+PgDn = Scroll 1 page down
Shift+Insert = Paste Clipboard (ctrl+v/c) selection
Shift+Ctrl+Insert = Paste Primary (highlight) selection
Shift+Keypad-Plus = Font size up 1
Shift+Keypad-Minus = Font size down 1
Shift+Keypad-Multiply = Reset font size to 10
Shift+Keypad-Divide = Copy highlight to Clipboard (same as ctrl+c in gui apps)
Ctrl+PgUp = switch focus to previous terminal inside a window
Ctrl+PgDn = switch focus to next terminal inside a window
Ctrl+Shift+t = create new terminal on top of current inside window (tabs)
Ctrl+Shift+Home = bring up "tab" switcher
Ctrl+Shift+PgUp = split terminal horizontally (1 term above the other)
Ctrl+Shift+PgDn = split terminal vertically (1 term to the left of the other)
Alt+Home = Enter command mode (enter commands to control terminology itself)
Alt+Return = paste primary selection
Ctrl+Shift+c = copy current selection to clipboard
Ctrl+Shift+v = paste current clipboard selection
Ctrl+1 = switch to terminal tab 1
Ctrl+2 = switch to terminal tab 2
Ctrl+3 = switch to terminal tab 3
Ctrl+4 = switch to terminal tab 4
Ctrl+5 = switch to terminal tab 5
Ctrl+6 = switch to terminal tab 6
Ctrl+7 = switch to terminal tab 7
Ctrl+8 = switch to terminal tab 8
Ctrl+9 = switch to terminal tab 9
Ctrl+0 = switch to terminal tab 10

Command mode commands currently understood:

f = Reset font to default settign saved in config
f+ = Increase fontsize
f- = Decreate fontsize
fb = Display big font size (10x20 bitmap, or size 20 with scalable).
gNxM = make terminal NxM chars in size (if possible). e.g. g80x48 g40x20.
If just one number is provided, it will use the following shortcuts:
g0=80x24; g1=80x40; g2=80x60; g3=80x80; g4=120x24; g5=120x40; g6=120x60;
g7=120x80; g8=120x120
b = reset the background (no media)
bPATH = set the background media to an absolute file PATH

Mouse controls:

Right mouse button = controls menu
Middle mouse button = paste highlight selection
Left mouse button/drag = make highlight
Wheel = scroll up or down in history
Ctrl+Wheel = zoom font size up/down
Ctrl+Left mouse button/drag = make block selection highlight

Extended escapes for terminology only:

1. ESC char (\033 or 0x1b)
2. } char
3... sequence of UTF8 chars other than nul (\000 or 0x00).
4 \000 char (nul byte or 0x00 to indicate end of sequence)
echo -n '\033}Hello world\000'


any values inside square brackets [] are to be replaced by some
content (numbers, strings, paths, url's etc.). example:

aa[PATH-OF-FILE] should be come something like:
or aa[true/false] should become something like:


= popup the given media file/url now

= quque a popup for the given media file/url

= set the terminal background media file/url temporarily

= set the terminal background media file/url permanently

= set the terminal alpha state to be on, or off temporarily

= set the terminal alpha state to be on, or off permanently

= query grid and font size. stdin will have written to it:
where W is the width of the terminal grid in characters
where H is the height of the terminal grid in characters
where FW is the width of 1 character cell in pixels
where FH is the height of 1 character cell in pixels

= insert STRETCHED media (where image will stretch to fill the cell area)
and define expected cell area to be W cells wide and H cells high,
with the image/media/url.
where C is the replace character to be identified in later text
where W is the width in character cells (up to 511).
where H is the height in character cells (up to 511).

note that this escape alone has no effect. it indicates a future
intention of inserting media into the terminal. the terminal will
EXPECT a grid of WxH "replace characters" to follow, with each
sequence of such replace characters bebung with a 'ib' escape command
and ending with an 'ie' escape command.

the FULL-PATH-OR-URL for all the i commands (is, ic, if, it) may
be of the form:




where a newline character separates a URI for a link and a full
path to a file to display in the region. the link is the
destination URI when a user may clikc on the given media image.


"\033}ib\000#####\033}ie\000\n", "/tmp/icon.png");

note that '#' is the replace character, and later '#' chars if inside
begin/end escapes, will be replaced by the given media indicated
in the insert media escape.

= insert CENTERED media (centered in cell area). otherwise paramaters are
identical to the "is" command, but retains aspect and is padded by
blank space.

= insert FILLED media (fill in cell area). otherwise paramaters are
identical to the "is" command but ensures the entire area is
filled like a background even if media goes beyond cell bounds and is

= insert THUMB media (thumbnail cell area). otherwise paramaters are
identical to the "is" command, but uses thumbnail generation to
make a fast to load but low resolution version (cached) of the media.

= insert THUMB media (thumbnail cell area). otherwise paramaters are
identical to the "is" command, but uses thumbnail generation to
make a fast to load but low resolution version (cached) of the media.
LINK is a path (or url) to open WHEN the thumb is clicked on by the

= insert EDJE object with file path given, and the group name given.
the command list (and the \n whitespace delimiter before the list)
is optional, but is executed/parsed before display of the actual
object to do things like initialize its initial state. see "iC"
command for more details on the command list.

be aware that once you have an object with an assigned channel id,
it can send back signals and messages via escapes on stdin. these
escapes will follow terminology extended escape format
(ESC + } ... \000), and the content will be one of:

;CHID\ndrag,start\nPART NAME\nVAL1\nVAL2
;CHID\ndrag,stop\nPART NAME\nVAL1\nVAL2
;CHID\ndrag,step\nPART NAME\nVAL1\nVAL2
;CHID\drag,set\nPART NAME\nVAL1\nVAL2
message;CHID\nOPCODE ID\nstring\nSTRING1
message;CHID\nOPCODE ID\nint\nINT1
message;CHID\nOPCODE ID\nfloat\nFLOAT1
message;CHID\nOPCODE ID\nstring_set\nSTRING1\nSTRING2\nSTRING3...
message;CHID\nOPCODE ID\nint_set\nINT1\nINT2\nINT3...
message;CHID\nOPCODE ID\nfloat_set\nFLOAT1\nFLOAT2\nFLOAT3...
message;CHID\nOPCODE ID\nstring_int\nSTRING1\nINT1
message;CHID\nOPCODE ID\nstring_float\nSTRING1\nFLOAT1
message;CHID\nOPCODE ID\nstring_int_set\nSTRING1\nINT1\nINT2\nINT3...
message;CHID\nOPCODE ID\nstring_float_set\nSTRING1\nFLOAT1\nFLOAT2\nFLOAT3...

= send a "command" (cmd1, cmd2, cmd3 etc.) to an existing named
channel id "CHID". this can be a list of 1 or more command strings,
with each string broken by a continuous sequence of 1 or more \r
and/or \n characters. e.g. "\n", "\r", "\r\n", "\n\r",
"\n\r\n\n\n", etc.

commands understood are:

set the text of "PART NAME" to string "TEXT STRING"


drag\nPART NAME\n[value|size|step|page]\nVAL1\nVAL2
manipulate dragable of name "PART NAME" and either set "value",
"size", "step" or "page" properties to "VAL1" and "VAL2" for x
and y, where VAL1 and VAL2 are floating point values

set the channel id of a given edje object (only valid in setup
commands for the inline edje object) to "CHANNEL ID" so it can
be addressed later.

message\nOPCODE ID\n[string|int|float|string_set|int_set|...
string_float_set]\n[message data]
send a message with opcode (integer) id "OPCODE ID" og one of
the given types supported ("string", "int", "float", etc.) and
then with the given "message data" at the end. message data
format depends on message type:
string: STRING1
int: INT1
float: FLOAT1
string_set: STRING1\nSTRING2\nSTRING3...
int_set: INT1\nINT2\nINT3...
float_set: FLOAT1\nFLOAT2\nFLOAT3...
string_int: STRING1\nINT1
string_float: STRING1\nFLOAT1
string_int_set: STRING1\nINT1\nINT2\nINT3...
string_float_set: STRING1\nFLOAT1\nFLOAT2\nFLOAT3...

= begin media replace sequence run

= end media replace sequence run