thought you guys/gals might be interested in this little conversation of
mine regarding the transfer of exam entry data via edi with dialnet :-
I gave up with Dialnet when they brought out their "Trader" EDI
sofware which required dialing up to the Dialnet ISP.
For a while we used the BT service, recently we have been using
AVCO, but this does appear to require IE to be installed or
at least certain bits of it.
Fortunatly their "tech support" people are very good.
The only other option appears to be RM, who's system definitely
From: Alan Harris [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 27 November 2001 12:43
Subject: Dialnet EDT Service
I've just tried to access your information site with netscape 4.7
which failed to download your page properly, I can access the page with
Mozilla and StarOffice. The School does not run Internet Explorer.
Before I commit to your edt service and download any files can you
confirm that your edt service will work properly without Internet
Explorer being installed....
-----reply from dialnet-----
> Subject: RE: Dialnet EDT Service
> Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 14:06:40 -0000
> From: "Moran, Gary" <Gary.Moran(a)dialnet.co.uk>
> To: "'alanh(a)bryngwyn.carmarthen.sch.uk'"
> as stated in the Requirements, WebXchange requires Internet Explorer 4 or
> greater. The reason is explained on the Support page:
> Q: Why can't I use the Netscape web browser?
> A: WebXchange uses Microsoft's Active-X technology to allow the transparent
> transfer of files from and to your computer hard drive, which Netscape
Sounds like something more suited to a virus writer.
> browsers do not natively support.
I've never understood why you should need a web browser in the first place
to transfer files especially since transfering files long predates any WWW like
systems. (Files have been being sent between computers electronically for
at least half a century...)
All you really need is a file transfer protocol (possibly combined with
public key cryptography / "digital signature".) You'd only need a web
to look at a log file held on a remote computer, where *any* web browser should
And to expand
on this, although we could achieve this using alternative
technology that would be "Netscape friendly", there is no commercial
incentive for us to pursue this. Since the service has been available (March
2000 in beta), yours is only the third inquiry concerning Netscape
The WebXchange web site's external pages lists the general requirements, and
the specific requirements of the active x component (under Downloads). In
general your browser must be running on an IBM compatible PC under a 32bit
Windows OS (95, 98, 2000, XP, NT4). Your browser must support DHTML for the
WebXchange menu, and must support Active X components.
+44 (0)121 624 5059
Any one know of a suitable alternative - BT Connect no longer offer this
service and I'd rather avoid an encounter with RM if possible....
Try looking at http://www.avcosystems.com/info-10.html
If nothing else you are likely to get a sensible response
rather than cut and pasted "boilerplate".
St. Peter's CofE High School
Phone: +44 1392 204764 X109
Fax: +44 1392 204763