I am starting to write more and more programs for our retail outlets. Most
of the people manning these stores are, at best, high school graduates. But
mostly familiar with PC applications, such as Excel and our POS application,
which runs on the PC.
As you know, there can be major differences between the way data entry works
on a PC and a System i. For example, as soon as one types a character in a
spreadsheet cell, any previous entry is cleared and replaced with the new
entry (once the Enter or Tab key is pressed). There are others, such as
using the Enter key to move to the next cell, and not needing to press Field
Exit to right-justify a numeric field.
I have attempted to write a tutorial for our store managers explaining and
illustrating these major differences. Personally I would prefer a digital
movie (ala YouTube) that they could play whenever needed; I even searched
YouTube and Google for such a video, but could not find anything.
I know how to remap the keyboard in iSeries Access, but there doesn't seem
to be any way to emulate PC-Entry in a 5250 screen.
So my questions are: (a) Is there a video anywhere that illustrate how to
enter data into fields in a 5250 panel? and (b) Is there a way to make 5250
entry work like a spreadsheet user might expect?
Jerry C. Adams
IBM i Programmer/Analyst
Stupidity is its own reward. -Joseph Adams, Sr.
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