• Subject: French character translation in FTP
  • From: bvining@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 99 14:43:57 CDT


I would first check to see what code page the PC in Canada is configured
for.  The AS/400 is most likely defaulting to 819 (ISO 8859-1 Latin)
which can be determined by way of CHGFTPA and the Coded character set
identifier value.  If your accented characters are getting messed up,
the most likely cause is that the PC is configured for a different
code page (probably 850 - IBM PC Multilingual).  If that is the case,
then the AS/400 would expect the small letter e with acute to be at
x'E9' (819) but would receive x'82' (850) which maps to a control in
819.  This would cause corruption.

Both 819 and the Latin based EBCDIC CCSIDs of AS/400 (such as 37) use
the same character set (697) so retaining the accented characters
should not be a problem so long as the configuration is correct on
both sides.  In the case of CCSIDs 37 and 500 small letter e with acute
is x'51'.  To see the available character sets, graphics, and code
point assignments refer to the AS/400 International Application
Development manual.

I would be cautious of changing the AS/400 configuration (CHGFTPA) as
that could impact your non-Canadian users; but hopefully the PC FTP
product has a way of using 819.

Bruce Vining

>Alright, I knew this would happen, and it did today.
>We have an OE system on the PC that folks enter orders on.  Then, we take
>this data, put it into and EDI format and FTP the file to the AS/400 where
>the order is processed and billed.
>Well, some of our Canadian Companies (most likely in Quebec) are using
>special characters when entering these orders in.  When they get to the
>AS/400, needless to say they turn into garbage (X'3A' for the most part).
>Anyone have any ideas on how this can be solved?  Can the AS/400 show
>characters such as an "e" with an accent, and if so is there a way to
>specify a table when a file is FTP'd to the AS/400?
>Bradley V. Stone

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