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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 26, 2021

SQL scripts window to display optional watermark

Multiple SQL script windows can result in an incorrect selection and code being executed on the wrong system.

The watermark functionality that exists on the ACS 5250 emulators would be ideal is applied to the SQL script windows.

Use Case:

When dealing with multiple SQL script windows, connected to multiple systems, it is easy to select the wrong window. The small text in the bar at the top of the window is easily overlooked.

I have loaded code and run it against the wrong system - internal checks in the code prevented any impact, but that could not be guaranteed.

The watermark capability on the 5250 emulator reduces errors by showing the system more clearly than if it isn't there. This reduces the likelihood of errors.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    May 5, 2022

    I find watermarks distracting in 5250 windows, so I use a coloured background to the OIA to distinguish systems. I then use wide borders on SQL windows with the same bold colours that make it immediately obvious which system I am connected to, and these honour the current connection, not just what you launched the window with.

    The one scenario I can imagine where watermarks may be required is for people who access more different systems than can reasonably be allocated unique colours (say, more than 10). But... if that were me, I'd prefer a different approach than obscuring the background of my content. Perhaps a banner on the upper or lower edge of any 5250 or SQL window which could be set consistently (and also in IFS windows and others!)

  • Guest
    Feb 26, 2021

    This is exactly why we added the support to customize the border for the RSS Panel. While it is not a watermark for the background of the RSS panel, it does serve the purpose for which you are asking. On the RSS panel, select View->Custom Border Settings.

  • Guest
    Feb 17, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Feb 14, 2021

    Why not adding default watermarks to the system configuration in ACS? Could be used for 5250, Run SQL scripts, Integrated File system and maybe others.

  • Guest
    Jan 27, 2021

    Attachment (Description): Sample Run SQL Custom Border