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Auryn

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 12:56 am    Post subject: coloured / formatted screen captures with any 3270 emulation
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Hi there everybody,

preparing a documentation for some colleagues and trainees of mine again I am missing a special feature in our companies 3270 emulation (IBM Host on Demand):
I'd like to capture 3270 screens fully or partly and paste these captures in a Word document.

Needles to say there are two common ways to do so:
First is to mark the area and copy and paste the text. When pasted in the document the text remains text and can by marked, copied, pasted and so on by the author or the reader. But this does not copy the formattings / colours. So if the author wants to have the text in its original colours (for highlighting or what ever) he has to re-colour the capture. - Only a half of what I am looking for icon_confused.gif
The other way is to take a screenshot (full screen or with a snipping tool) and paste it in the Word document. Doing so all the colourings remain. But the text can not be marked and so on anymore 'cause it's just a picture. - The other half but as well only a half icon_confused.gif

Does anybody of you know a 3270 emulator which combines both techniques and provides a feature which copies the text with his formattings?

Thanks for your answers
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:42 am    Post subject:
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This might be a Good Idea, but you forgot four important details:
  1. Which word processor? They are all different; inserting the color (and font, for that matter) markups are pretty much word processor dependent.
  2. Which color map? Many emulators allow the user to fiddle with the color map. Certainly I do, so my colors, which are readable to me because my color vision is just a bit out of whack, may confuse your reader who is probably expecting the standard color map.
  3. Font? Most of the time you'll find a screen image, as a graphic, is too large or too small when printed. I also find most PC fonts are very weird in their leading; which affects their appearance on the screen and in printing, and it will make sizing the image more difficult. Resizing an image is easier than resizing a purely text area.
  4. Production (of the publication). Printers don't like dealing with colors. What looks simple on screen becomes expensive on the press and it affects how much your reader has to pay for your publication. Actually your monochrome copy and paste works well for the printer.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 3:10 pm    Post subject:
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steve-myers wrote:
This might be a Good Idea, but you forgot four important details:
  1. Which word processor? They are all different; inserting the color (and font, for that matter) markups are pretty much word processor dependent.
  2. Which color map? Many emulators allow the user to fiddle with the color map. Certainly I do, so my colors, which are readable to me because my color vision is just a bit out of whack, may confuse your reader who is probably expecting the standard color map.
  3. Font? Most of the time you'll find a screen image, as a graphic, is too large or too small when printed. I also find most PC fonts are very weird in their leading; which affects their appearance on the screen and in printing, and it will make sizing the image more difficult. Resizing an image is easier than resizing a purely text area.
  4. Production (of the publication). Printers don't like dealing with colors. What looks simple on screen becomes expensive on the press and it affects how much your reader has to pay for your publication. Actually your monochrome copy and paste works well for the printer.


Hi Steve,

some good points.
  1. Which word processor? An 'ordinary' word processor like MS-Word or similar
  2. Which color map? Well, I'd say that colours that are displayed in the emulator. The main thing is there are different colours to distinguish different meanings of the shown text. No matter if reserved COBOL words are red and variables are green or vice versa.
  3. Font? Should be a monospaced font. Hasn't each emulator its own default font settings - which perhaps could be changed by the user?
  4. Production of publication Yes, d'accord. But this problem remains when using screen capture pictures in the documentation. Maybe it's helpful to invert the colours or minimum the background colour. But an invert colour feature might be step 2.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 3:35 pm    Post subject:
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That's why I wrote my set of EHIxxxx execs, available as "File # 769 R. Prins' edit macros to convert code/text into HTML" on the CBTTape website.

One note: in the most fancy format, you may have to change some characters to cater for differences in UK and German codepages. Samples of the output (REXX only) are at Prino's z/OS Tools and utilities
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject:
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And of course there is Doug Nadel's ISPFHTML utility, that can directly produce M$ RTF format files.
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