Please guide me to build a fairly simple startup HTML application (.hta).

I allowed my subscription to lapse but I am finally back on Experts-Exchange! I would like to build my new company a well designed startup screen. Before this startup screen is executed I usually close windows explorer and all other known backdoors including replacing Help with a custom application and removing access to ease of access center. I have been doing this with fairly good success. Previously, I loaded a dos script that will then perform several steps but I would like to re-design this startup sequence with better visuals. I believe an effective way to do this is by using HTML application. (.hta) as the "front-end" The startup screen will have to perform a few tasks with visual feedback;
1.) It needs to open and display some basic computer info including the date, time and the computer name.
2.) It needs to display a list of actions and start running them one after another. These actions is currently separate dos scripts but I will change them to PowerShell as soon as the main concept is working with a dos "back-end".
3.) Each script (task) will update the C:\STATUS.TXT file so that the .hta knows what to display on the screen to the user.

A sample of the .txt file and a design is attached.

I really hope that someone can guide me as I have no knowledge of .html/.hta as of yet. My aim is to develop this fairly standard base that can be easily customized from one project to another.

Note: I use "back-end" and "front-end" very loosely.
Status.txt
EE-Concept-Image.jpg
Rebel_no_1Asked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Nadav SolomonCommented:
Did you try htaEdit it has great samples and I think it will get you going in the right direction, you'll need to know vbscript.

Good luck.
0
Rebel_no_1Author Commented:
I will download it and get cracking but I will definitely need the help of someone fluent in these languages. Thank you for the link. The download says 10 minutes remaining...
0
Rebel_no_1Author Commented:
We will have to start with the basics so I have built what I can so far. I will try and do this step-by-step. The attached script consists of a full screen .hta (rename from .txt to .hta) without unnecessary borders or buttons. It displays a fairly suitable clock. My question is
A.) How do I fit a background image (C:\Background.jpg) and
B.) How do I change the fontsize of the clock text and move the clock text to the correct location?
The script can be exited by pressing Alt+F4
Clock.txt
0
Ultimate Tool Kit for Technology Solution Provider

Broken down into practical pointers and step-by-step instructions, the IT Service Excellence Tool Kit delivers expert advice for technology solution providers. Get your free copy now.

Nadav SolomonCommented:
background: <body background="bgimage.jpg">
fonts: <font size="2" color="blue">

hope this will get you in the right direction.
1
Rebel_no_1Author Commented:
Thank you! I changed the color, position and size of the clock to something usable. I will go through the information on that page as it seems I should be able to get allot of info there. I do not want to ask unnecessary questions so will come back to this question when I am stuck. And, I will get stuck. Thank you for help so far Nadav!
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Rebel_no_1Author Commented:
I have followed the provided links and realized that the original question was not specific enough. With the received information I have managed to build a very basic HTA. I will continue the development of the HTA. Thank you for the help thus far Bill and Nadav. (I remember you helping me before as well Bill. Thanks!) I will close this question, assign points and try and make my next questions more objective.
0
Bill PrewCommented:
Glad that was of some help, and thanks for the feedback.

~bp
0
Nadav SolomonCommented:
Thanks for the feedback :D
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
HTML

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.