Almost anything that is a literal in your code will NOT be converted. As David said, you need to pull these values in either from a CCSID-tagged physical file or a message file. Message descriptions can have a CCSID on them, that makes it all just work.

So replace all character literals with variables, then populate those variables from some external data thingy.

Now Unicode can get interesting - albeit still pretty well-managed if you follow the above guidelines.

IBM has handled globalization with messages files from the beginning - all that text on screens comes from message files a lot. And there is this OVRMSGF command that can help, or just have the library list do it - so there's a QSYS2927 (just making up a number) for some language other than US English, and that will precede QSYS on a dual language machine.

It's magical once you get away from character literals in your source.

One idea I have is to use a data structure with all the character values you need - then populate it from a message description or a physical file field.

So far as I know, there's no tagging by CCSID on user spaces or data areas.


On 8/30/2012 3:09 PM, sjl wrote:
I have several RPG programs which are being deployed via Implementer to
several different LPAR's being used by different world areas, one of which
is for Europe.

The source files are all defined with CCSID(37), but the European
environment is using CCSID(500).

How do I deal with the variant character | (the pipe symbol) across these

In CCSID(37) , the pipe symbol is X'4F', but in CCSID(500) the pipe symbol
is X'BB'

for example, in a program I have:

Delimiter = '|';

which works fine in the CCSID(37) environments, but on the CCSID(500)
environment it it appears as a ! (exclamation point) since X'4F' in
CCSID(500) is the exclamation point.

I know, for example, that in CL programs that the solution is to use *BCAT,
*TCAT, or *CAT instead of the symbolic representations |<, |>, or || to get
around the character translation issues having to do with variant
characters, but I am stumped on how to handle this problem.

- sjl

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