The Question is:
Is there a way to convert a Cobol created text files to HTML? The report
columns do not line up when mailed(VMS MAIL) to an exchange mail box.
The Answer is :
As to HTML, prefix the file with [HTML][PRE] and append [/PRE][/HTML].
This will result in a file that can be used as a web page -- note that
the square brackets are used to permit display here on a webpage, and
should be converted to angle brackets in the real DCL CGI script.
Alternatively, generate a standard context-tag, a blank line, and then
the above sequence, and use the COBOL program as a CGI application.
The OpenVMS Wizard is not entirely certain what the the "columns do not
line up when mailed" means -- the OpenVMS Wizard will assume this is a
case of the text formating being changed when transitioning through or
into the Microsoft Exchange gateway, and probably due to the particulars
of the local Exchange gateway. Gateways into and out of the Microsoft
Exchange environment can quite easily be configured to "damage" the
formatting expected with various SMTP-based email transfers.
Also, on OpenVMS Alpha, compile your COBOL program with COBOL/NOVFC to
produce LINAGE or REPORT WRITER files suitable for use as standard text
files -- this disables the variable-with-fixed-control RMS setting.
Also, ensure that people who try to view standard text file reports
using a Microsoft Exchange client switch to a fixed space font so that
the reports are not altered by any proportional spacing settings.