It's true I'm coming from a web background. I can't remember the last time I made a page that was actually all located in one file so I am trying to get these green screens working with the same flexibility. I'm looking for a combination of CSS and a PHP (or ASP) 'include', which just grabs the header file (which could have standard config, output, and style information) and adds it to the page. I am ok with this 'grab' being at compile time rather than runtime, but I really don't like the idea of just having a template that I copy and paste into each new screen... what if something changes?
I'm really struggling with the limitations of DDS. I did see this preprocessor: http://rpglanguage.biz/copybook.html. Not being very familiar with iSeries terminology, it sounds like it might be capable of allowing a /COPY in my DDS. Has anyone had any experience with something like this?