EBCDIC : Java Glossary


An 8-bit code used on IBM (International Business Machines) mainframes instead of ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange). It is a very strange code, with the letters not contiguous and large gaps of unassigned characters. It was designed to make it easy for mechanical conversion from 12-bit punch card code to 8-bit internal code. It is pronounced eb-suh-dick, eb-kuh-dick, or eb-see-dick. Java 2.0 has some built-in translations for EBCDIC such as Cp1047 for EBCDIC on the OS/390. To specify the conversion explicitly, construct an InputStreamReader on a FileInputStream. Warning! There are many national variants of EBCDIC,
EBCDIC national differences
TRT class to convert ASCII ⇔ EBCDIC

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