I've tried this on a 3197 terminal with 4-colors, 80-columns, and no mouse. The mouse isn't there but the accelerator keys work as does moving the cursor with the arrow keys. The enhanced features like the shadow lines don't work either, but the radio buttons and checkboxes work just fine. All in all, on older equipment it is a step up, but a modest step at best.
One point I was wondering about: Could a company survey their facilities and see just how much upgrading would be required to make their entire site have a standard of at least Enhanced Work Stations? Last spring I worked for a day on a network station with the flat screen and that was a very attractive alternative to a Pentium PC. I have no idea about the cost, but my gut feeling is that it would be way cheaper on the factory work floor than installing a LAN and pledging one's soul to the Microsoft/Intel Hamster Wheel.
(note: Ron mentioned the menu bar, Chris sent me a sample of a menubar program he'd done. After supper tonight I added the menu bar to the sample application I made. I am more convinced than ever that if I had a green screen shop with lots of terminals I would begin a very serious evaluation of moving to a shop standard of these new features. The reduced operator training and the increased navigation choices are just too attactive to ignore. That of course is the opinion of a guy that doesn't have a green screen shop.)
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James W Kilgore wrote:
> 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.
In order to use a mouse, you will need either a 3488/3489 or a pc
but this also brings up another interesting question.... Since several
folks are getting a little pumped about these features, what about the
network stations running regular old 5250 emulation.... They could also
be a source for a better terminal... but not having one attached to a
I don't know how they would handle these "NEW" features... Anybody out
got one running that can try this sample that was put together... They
with a mouse,sooooo, maybe this is another solution..... with even more
ways to handle additional colors,etc,etc....
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