Re: Running executables and HTML

Subject: Re: Running executables and HTML
From: jmoser -at- lexmark -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 08:42:01 -0400

You're wanting users to run an executable on your server? I hope it isn't big
and your server doesn't get too busy. A Java applet is the only way to run an
executable in the user's browser. And it's limited to what it can do (how it
interacts with the user's box) because of security issues. This will probably
not be good news as it may require you to rewrite your executable. Is it
something complex? Could you achieve the same functionality using a scripting
language like Perl, Tcl, PHP, etc.?

Is the executable currently written to be cross-platform or are you offering
separate links for different operating systems? Can it communicate with browsers
via CGI? It might seem like reinventing the wheel from where you are now, but I
know of no other way to make this work for you.

Since this if for an intranet (I'm assuming that it's behind a firewall) could
you possibly set up a network share? Maybe your HTML page could be better used
to give instructions on how users can map to the appropriate network drive.

--Jeff wrote
Does anyone know if it's possible to run an executable by clicking on an HTML
link and if so, how?


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