Using Anchor Tags

Use the HTML Anchor tags to create two separate links: one to your COBOL application and another to the self-extracting archive of the thin client runtime. The HTML Anchor tags, <A> and </A>, are closed elements that, when combined with the HREF attribute, highlight text or images, making them clickable. When users click on a highlighted item on your Web page, they are transferred to the linked document.

In the case of the thin client runtime, when the user clicks the highlighted item, the runtime automatically downloads to the user's machine. When the download is complete, the self-extracting archive guides the user through an automated installation process.

In the case of the thin client command line file, when the user clicks the highlighted item, the thin client application is automatically invoked.

To turn text into a hypertext anchor, enclose the clickable text in the Anchor tags. For example, enter the following HTML command onto your Web page:

<A HREF="atcinst.exe">Click here to download the thin client</A>
<A HREF="myprog.atc">Click here to run the application</A>

where atcinst.exe is the name of the self-extracting archive for the thin client runtime, and myprog.atc is the name of the command line file that you created for your thin client application.

The HREF attribute is used within the starting anchor tag to specify the document to be linked (or retrieved). See any commercially available HTML text for more information on anchors and hypertext links.