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Re: Question for Printer Gurus



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Facing the same sort of decision a few years ago I I chose to abandon most *PRTF development and write all new reports and replace as many printed reports as possible with formatted output. My favorite in that particular environment turned out to be HTML with the reports published to a location in the IFS, Users could order the report, review it on line, or print the report with browser printing. Even simple, easily written HTML files, with standard /copy headers and footers, combined with a simple .css file were more attractive and printed more flexibly than using *PRTF files. Plus, the users in many instances found the browser version more convenient than the paper print outs.

Here are the beginnings of what I did as illustration of the process As you will note, very primitive. Nut it works.
http://martinvt.com/Ice_Cream_Project/Ice_Cream__How-to/ice_cream__how-to.html http://tinyurl.com/nxb5u4y

On 9/3/2014 8:09 AM, Jon Paris wrote:
I was rather afraid of that Birgitta, the only other option then seems to be to take the approach that Booth did and load the fields in the logic, but that's not a good solution either.

I can't believe that printer support is so poor compared with displays - particularly since green screen are dying - but printer could go on forever.

Sigh ....



On 2014-09-03, at 1:02 AM, Birgitta Hauser <Hauser@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Jon,

We compiled multiple printer files, one for each language within the
"language" library using the appropriate message file.
At runtime we override the printer file before opening it.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best regards

Birgitta Hauser

"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." (Les
Brown)
"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." (Derek Bok)
"What is worse than training your staff and losing them? Not training them
and keeping them!"


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Von: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] Im Auftrag von Jon
Paris
Gesendet: Wednesday, 03.9 2014 01:34
An: Midrange-L Midrange-l
Betreff: Question for Printer Gurus

I'm beginning to believe that the folks who did DDS for printer files never
talked to the folks who did display files ...

Latest barrier in my conversion effort is lack of support for the MSGID
keyword on printer files. MSGCON is supported but that is of no use to me
since I need to be able to use the LIBL to control the message file that is
used and MSGCON values are resolved at compile time as far as I can tell.

I know a number of you out there write apps that support multiple languages
- how the heck do you handle that for printer files?


Jon Paris

www.partner400.com
www.SystemiDeveloper.com




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