One of the most important items when looking at the modernization of an application is the user interface and how you will take your existing Green Screen displays and change them into a a GUI Interface. Having seen some of the converted screens which are supplied by the IBM GUI interface available with UIM I felt that using a page with imbedded links did not look that good? So I looked at my options.
I could use radio buttons and a button to launch to the next screen, or even set up a launch button for each menu option. But I felt using a drop down menu would be a better option. This gave me a few challenges, firstly I wanted to make this a pure PHP implementation so I did not want to be developing Java Script, however after looking at some of the PHP Layers based solutions I decided that Java Script would probably be the best option, not only for easy of use but also for reducing the complexity of the overall solution.
The menu will be available across all pages so moving from one section to another should be easy, I am not sure just how difficult it will be to set up the bridge interface to allow the move to a menu and directly to a menu option in one foul swoop but I cant see too many challenges at this time.
Most of the commands should be easy to interpret and develop pages (probably pop outs) for and I do have the ability to call the program directly so all in all it seems like a fairly simple approach using the bridge software?
The product I intend to use for the project is not too large or complex, so some of the decisions I make here may not carry into a larger project?
As soon as I get the initial code developed and the links to pages and menus start to show promise I will post the code to show how I did it! Not to show how you should do it, simply how I achieved what I wanted to do.