EBCDIC to ASCII

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Dec 28 19:54:18 CET 2016


Mark Wieder wrote:

 > On 12/28/2016 08:32 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
 >> Anyone here have a function to translate the old EBCDIC encoding
 >> format to anything more modern format like ASCII or UTF-8?
 >
 > Hopefully this is a year-end joke. Ha! Good one.

You might think so, but I'm actually asking for a forum member:
http://forums.livecode.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=28576

Oddly enough, he says he has an FTP client that will do the translation 
automatically for him when he chooses "text" transfer mode.

While reading up on this I found that the Wikipedia page for that format 
has a section titled "Criticism and humor", which includes this gem:

   Professor: "So the American government went to IBM to come up with
               an encryption standard, and they came up with—"

   Student: "EBCDIC!"

:)

 > If not, here are some tables. I can't think of anything other than a
 > huge switch statement that would do this, and iterating through the
 > text character by character.
 >
 > http://www.astrodigital.org/digital/ebcdic.html
 >
 > 
http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSGH4D_14.1.0/com.ibm.xlf141.aix.doc/language_ref/asciit.html

Yeahm, probably not hard, but I'm not in a position to write it for him 
and was hoping we might have something ready-to-use in our community 
that I could point him to.

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  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
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