• Subject: Re: ok, I made a green screen with radio buttons
  • From: boothm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 12:23:00 -0500

I'd be glad to post it on a site.  I made an html file with images and the source but I don't know a good place to put it.  Any ideas?

About the mouse: these features all respond to mouse events but they also respond to command keys, just like the before, but also respond to arrow keys and to accelerator keys.  The mouse is a plus, but if there's no mouse, that's just fine.

About the Version leveling:  I don't know, but most of thse keywords go back at least 5 years.  The trouble is that the keywords make no sense.  For example "radio button" = SNGCHCFLD  and "checkbox" = MLTCHCFLD.  The coding is simple but discovering it is a pain.  That is my opinion of course, and not backed up with factual research.  

So far as older hardware:  this is a part of the reason I brought up the discussion originally.  I've since learned that the radio button works on older terminals.  It lists a field for the user to type in a choice number.  The nice thing about that is that the choice field automatically reflects the list item where the cursor is located so the arrow keys work just fine even on old boxes.  That of course means that your clients with the bent noses can only choose "male" or "female" to the question of "Sex?" instead of "Please" or "Yes."

I am not advocating big-bang stuff here, only adding in a few little tweaks here and there.

Anyway, tell me a place and I'll ship it.  Now that I've seen it I am impressed.  I spelled "impressed" with small letters, not capitals or bold type, but I am impressed.  

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Go for it! Post the code at any one of the many friendly code host sites
on this list.

BTW, I don't recall what level of OS/400 you are implementing this for.

Under V3R2 I know I can have scroll bars and drop down menus, but SDA
does not have squat about push down or radio buttons.

Now, in my little world, my clients have gotten use to the fact that the
"dumb" system console (a -real- 5250 stream device) is limited in
function (no application capability) but the emulation products
typically are centered around a 3197C for twinax wired.

Yet under a TCP/IP wiring, emulation products (TN5250e) don't even ask
for device model, just screen size (24X80 vs 27X132) and pick 3179 or
3477 accordingly.

Years ago I stopped memorizing features/functions my model, but does a
3179 or 3477 support a mouse?

Are these the old Infowindow devices?  Printer support and all?

Now here is the business decision I'm faced with: I've got a bunch of
clients who's names end with vowels, Teamster centric, highway builders
who inform me that it would cost them 10k per hour for a delay in
Payroll and grant me the liberty to choose the mile marker I will be
buried under should that event ever occur.

I believe that they are sincere.

Do I program the application to the single -guaranteed- running "dumb"
system console or to an enhanced emulation product?

Well, I suppose I could use the feedback data structure and dual code my
applications for either occurrence, but   ...

boothm@earth.goddard.edu wrote:
> I just made a simple little application.  Here's the salient features:
> - all functions in the application work normally, and also with the
> mouse or the arrow keys and cursor.
> - the subfile has a fully functional scroll bar.
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