-- Simple Universal Console I/O
Copyright © 2002, Chris Gonnerman
All Rights Reserved

This package includes the package anycons, which implements a very simple screen I/O API for both Win32 and Unix. You need either a working curses installation or a working WConio installation for anycons to be useful. Other backends are certainly possible.


Version 1.1 supports the following special keys: ins (insert), del (delete), home, end, pgup, pgdn, up, down, left, right, and numbered function keys. Other special keys may be handled, but this set works on all supported platforms (well, both of them anyway). The short key names listed will be returned from Read() as strings; for instance Page Down is returned as "pgdn". This update also fixes a bug in the curses backend.


After unpacking the source distribution, run the following from the command line:

python install


First you must import anycons. Even though this is distributed as a package, anycons is used as a module. The following module-level functions are provided:

anycons.Init() should be called to set up the display. This includes initializing the backend, setting terminal modes, etc. The screen should be cleared by this function, but this function should not be called just to clear the screen (see below).

anycons.Close() performs any needed display cleanup. It is not required to clear the screen but should leave the terminal usable. Programs must call this function! In particular, the curses backend will leave the terminal input munged if you don't.

anycons.Clear() clears the screen and homes the cursor.

anycons.Read() reads one character from the keyboard. The return from this function will always be a string; special keys will be returned as strings of multiple characters. The character/key pressed is not echoed to the display.

anycons.Write(stringvalue) writes the given string to the display. Handling of '\n' will be as for '\r\n'; '\r' alone may not be handled correctly, but '\b' should be. Other special character handling is undefined (i.e. don't do it).

anycons.Goto(x, y) moves the cursor to column x, row y of the display. All displays have (0, 0) origin and are assumed to have at least 80 columns and 24 rows; anything beyond that is undefined.