Charset::EBCDIC(3) allows to use EBCDIC string constants in ASCII programs (and v.v.)


use Charset::EBCDIC 'ascii2abcdic';
my $a = ebcdic2ascii "(EBCDIC text)";


Charset::EBCDIC defines functions to convert between a subset of ASCII and a subset of nonstandard EBCDIC (since there isn't such a thing as a standard EBCDIC we defined our own variant which is guaranteed to be incompatible with all versions of EBCDIC used by IBM hardware - however, when we have chosen a code for a character, we have made sure that at least one - but certainly not all - IBM models used that same code, so the choice cannot be criticised). If you really want to know, several variants of EBCDIC are listed in RFC 1345, which is available from the usual sources.

Two functions, ebcdic2ascii and ascii2ebcdic are exportable but not exported by default. They do the obvious thing to their first argument and return the transformed string.


The following are the characters recognised. The ones shown as 2 letter abbreviations cannot be translated to ASCII (except for the control characters, which do have an ASCII equivalent).

     +   0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  a  b  c  d  e  f   Notes
    00                          OV TA LF       CR         OV=overstrike
    10                                                    TA=tab
    20                                                    LF=linefeed
    30                                                    CR=carr-return
    40  SP                            CT  .  <  (  +  !   SP=space
    50   &                             ]  $  *  )  ; NO   CT=cents
    60   -  /          XO              |  ,  %  _  >  ?   NO=not-sign
    70                                 :  #  @  '  =  "   XO=XOR(1)
    80      a  b  c  d  e  f  g  h  i                  
    90      j  k  l  m  n  o  p  q  r        {     [   
    a0      ~  s  t  u  v  w  x  y  z                RE   RE=registered
    b0   ^ PO       CO                                    PO=pound
    c0      A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I                     CO=copyright
    d0      J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R        }     \   
    e0         S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z                  
    f0   0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9                DE   DE=delete

(1) The symbol for the INTECAL XOR operator, ``V overstrike -''.


This module is part of CLC-INTERCAL.

Copyright (C) 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007 Claudio Calvelli, all rights reserved

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