execute programs from local web page

By steveb123
Jun 6, 2007
  1. I'm trying to execute software from a local web page instead of going through start menu (it's a long story).

    Some programs execute, others won't.

    Any ideas?

  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    a very foolish and dangerous practice. You must like viri and malware installed on your computer.
  3. steveb123

    steveb123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    execute local programs through html page

    If you are going to call me foolish, at least explain yourself.

    If I write my own html code, have a line with a .gif so I can execute resident programs from one visual screen rather than through Start is this a problem.

    Kindly EXPLAIN.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,148   +597

    The html tag with < img src ... > is normally benign and causes a fetch of the source.
    To invoke an executable means you've done some good research on
    what it happends when processing http get requests; (please don't report the how-to here!).

    the issue is involves the server setup and how requests are constrained to the
    webserver-root and how programs are found.

    I'll not go any further on this topic for security reasons.

    I too think this is a poor practice. If you don't like the Windows GUI, then
    investigate other UI techniques, such as the command line, shell programming,
    or rpc to X11.
  5. steveb123

    steveb123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    other ui

    Thank you for the reply.

    I will look at shell programming, or rpc to X11 as you have suggested.

  6. gervol

    gervol TS Rookie

    You can create a .hta file that is an html application where you can program in another language like vbscript.
    Look around for it, it might be enough for what you want to do.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,148   +597

    fyi: .HTA files can be hijacked (when on a public website) and thus they are
    frequently disabled. This is an old issue for IE browsers
  8. gervol

    gervol TS Rookie

    Well, I use them for a local website to never be on the net so it's ok for me.
    I'll burn it to a DVD and use it as an interface for a driver DVD source.
  9. steveb123

    steveb123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    local html launcher

    Thanks jobeard and gervol for your replies. I will research this further.

    I downloaded an application launcher, which is ok, but I'd like to be able to do as many inputs as possible, with several screens.

    If I can do it by learning and writing, I'd rather than pay $ for the fully featured program.

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