dt-util - client-side utility

The dt-util command provides a number of useful features when run in a DomTerm terminal. For example you can print pictures, or change the background color. The syntax is:

dt-util sub-command [option) ...

The sub-command can be one described below.


help [sub-help]

Print some help. The sub-help may be a sub-command.


Succeeds (exits with code 0) if the current terminal is DomTerm; fails (exits with code -1) otherwise.

This test does not depend on environment variables, but instead sends a special request code, and checks the response. This test works over an ssh connection. (The test does require that either DOMTERM be non-empty, or that TERM be either empty or contain the string xterm; otherwise it does not try to the request code.)

“Printing” images or html

html html-value ...

Use this to embed HTML content info the DomTerm page. If there are no arguments, read from standard input. Either of the following work:

echo 'E = mc<sup>2</sup>' | dt-util html
dt-util html 'E = mc<sup>2</sup>'

displays: E = mc2.

image [-n] [--attrname=attrvalue]... filename

This script “prints” the contents of the named image file to domterm. This uses a “data:” URI with the file contents sent directly to domterm, so it works when working remotely.

The filename must be a file that can be displayed by an HTML <img> element, most commonly a png or jpg file.

By default (no -n is specified), the image has a display: block style (so it is automatically on a “line” by itself),’ and gets a horizontal scroll bar if and only if it is too wide to fit. If -n is specified, then only a plain <img> element is written, which means you can write multiple images and other HTML on the same “line”.


Specify the given attribute; for example: --height=200. Valid attrnames are the following, which are specified in the HTML specification: alt, longdesc, height, width, border, hspace, vspace, class.

For example: --width=600 scales the image width to be the given number of pixels (in the CSS meaning). (The height is scaled proportionally, unless you also specify the --height option.)


If not already at beginning of line, starts a fresh line

Working with styles

reverse-video on|off

(The following currently require Java.)

add-style style-rule ...

If called for the first time, create and install a temporary stylesheet. This temporary stylesheet has a name attribute with the value "(temporary-styles)". Add each style-rule to the temporary stylesheet.

For example, to change the background color to pink:

$ dt-util add-style "div.domterm { --background-color: pink }"

You can also set the background-color style directly:

$ dt-util add-style "div.domterm { background-color: pink }"

Howeverm it is better to set the --background-color CSS variable, as that is required for reverse video and “Background Color Erase” to work.

Inverse video (using CSS variables):

$ dt-util add-style "div.domterm { --background-color: black; --foreground-color: white }"

Changing font size:

$ dt-util add-style "body { font-size: 14pt }"

List on the standard output the set of stylesheets associated with the domterm document, one per line:

$ dt-util list-stylesheets
0: enabled  - "style/domterm-core.css"
1: enabled  - "style/domterm-standard.css"
2: enabled  "Default DomTerm styling" "style/domterm-default.css"
3: enabled  - "(temporary-styles)"

After the sequence number, either enabled or disabled specified whether the stylesheet is disabled. If the stylesheet has a title, if is shown next (in json format); otherwise - is printed. If the stylesheet has the href attribute, it is shown next (in json format); otherwise, if it has the code attribute, that is shown; otherwise - is printed.

load-stylesheet name filename

Replace or create a new stylesheet with the given name. The content of the stylesheet are read from the given filename. If the filename is - then standard input is used.

The name is used to set the non-standard name attribute of the created <style> element. If there is an existing stylesheet with a matching name attribute, then that stylesheet is replaced; otherwise a new stylesheet is created. The name attribute is displayed by the list-stylesheets subcommand.

print-stylesheet index

Print out the style rules of the specified stylesheet, which is an index in the list-stylesheets output.

disable-stylesheet index
enable-stylesheet index

Disable or enable the specified stylesheet. A index is an integer index into the list as shown by list-stylesheets.

$ dt-util disable-stylesheet 2