Why can't the "standard" function keys change? You are trying to adapt to
the web... so you might have to change the way things worked before...
*gasp* change? Yep, change. Remember, when you are developing for the
web, you are now in the browser's territory...so you have to play by the
browser's rules.

A tad off topic here, but slightly relevant... I had an idea the other day
that had to do with web based 5250. In the advent that the webkit
rendering engine is open source... why not create a 5250 emulator with web
support instead of a web browser with 5250 emulation support? Yes, it
would take some serious coding, and I haven't really done a ton of
research... but how amazing would a 5250 emulator be if you could render
webpages inside of it? You could launch webapps from your RPGLE programs
and have them return back to the green screen. Could be pretty sweet and
give the best of both worlds... just a thought.... anyone caring to
explore this further can email me offlist until we come up with something
worth posting about...

Bryce Martin
Programmer/Analyst I

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Re: Warning - Firefox v4 not compatible with HMC 7.7.1

I can't say who is to blame for this mess, but I offer three related
pieces of information.

First, it is not relevant to mention HTML emails. The email clients each
have their own HTML interpreters and they do not attempt to support the
current standards. When my company stated doing emails to our customers,
the email vendor gave us a 20-page document of restrictions. Outlook, for
example, seems to support something around IE 4. Forget about JavaScript,
external style sheets, and <DIV> tags.

Second, newer versions of IE seem flat-out broken. I can no longer use IE,
for example, to access Google Analytics. IE goes into an infinite loop
when I try to display a graph, while other browsers work just fine.

Third, many developers (including me and IBM) got hooked early when
Internet Explorer offered features that were not supported by other
browsers. For example, both Client Access and my IBM i simulator relied on
the ability in IE to intercept function key presses, including F1, F4, and
F5. Moving to a "standard" browser is tough when the standards do not
address functionality that is critical when doing something my
Windows-loving son-in-law would call "a sin against nature" -- simulating
a 5250 screen within a browser window.

Like everyone, I'm moving to the HTML5 standard to support mobile devices,
tablets, etc. But it may mean doing some weird things (like displaying a
pop-up window of function keys) to support the existing functionality.

William A. Hansen
Manta Technologies Inc.
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