• Subject: Re: No 5250-based applications
  • From: tomh@xxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 08:29:01 -0500

OTOH, you could write your own IE-type browser using VisualBasic.  My 16 year old did that as one of his first projects, using some pre-defined toolbar stuff I think.  Add in your 5250-centric coding, and your good to go...

"James W. Kilgore" <eMail@James-W-Kilgore.com>
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04/26/01 05:20 PM
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        Subject:        Re: No 5250-based applications

I just had a wild thought ...

What if someone gutted the Netscape browser (it's open source) and
tweaked it to override it's F key usage and shortcuts, removed the X
button, removed the back button, etc. but still left it's display
formatting capabilities?

The user starts their favorite browser, picks a URL to log on to the
AS/400, that URL points to a file with a special type (eiml? eLogo
iSeries Markup Language) which in turn spawns the modified browser for a
GUI?  This modified browser would still talk to the HTTP server on the

Jim Damato wrote:
> I do understand that browser-based applications can be a lot more powerful
> than 5250, and that the browser does scale down in simplicity where fat
> clients couldn't.  In testing iterations of Lawson's web presentation I had
> the creeping feeling that the browser was going to be the source of a lot of
> application problems.  I'm not sure how much of the difficulty was inherent
> in Lawson's design or standards, but at least some of it pertains to what
> Ken and others have mentioned.

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