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01/20/04: DOS to HTML
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You used to help me with DOS bats in the days before
Windows and helped me to automate just about
everything. I sure hope you haven't forgotten about
bats. I need to copy invoices from one machine to another,
and have a quick peek at them in the process. The problem
is that the invoices are in HTML format, ready to upload.
How do I view HTML from DOS ? I can't find any info about
a command for that ANYWHERE.
The command for that is not officially listed. It is an
undocumented hack, but extremely handy for those few who
know about it.
Here is an example of how to use it:
rem Bat to copy invoices from H:\order to F:\inv
echo Usage: c 12345.htm
copy %1 f:\inv\
if exist %1 (echo %1 copied to F:\inv)
The magic is in this line:
It displays the page in MSIE.
Just change the drive and directory names to fit your
machines. Run it from a DOS window (START, RUN, cmd)
The reason for going to the other machine first is to make
sure the network connection to that machine is "livened up"
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