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Karthikeyan J

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:33 pm    Post subject: French accent printing problem
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Hi,

I am trying to print a file containing frech accents using a JCL. The Printer is identified by SYSOUT=A in the DD statement. But the printfile produced have blanks where ever there is a french accent symbol.

I guess i need to include some additional parameters to be used by PSF to interpret the french accents coorectly and print them.
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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:49 am    Post subject:
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Well, I think (however don't consider thses as last word) your Printer drivers do not have French Character set.
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Karthikeyan J

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply to: French accent printing problem
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Anuj,

Thanks a lot for your reply. I think i need to provide more information.
We are using PSF in our installation. The characters sent from mainframe are in EBCDIC and they are converted to ASCII using translation tables in PSF.
I need to specify which translation tables are to be used in the CHARS parameter of SYSOUT to handle french accents. There could be other keywords for specifying the same information.

I am looking for these keywords / values.
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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject:
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Hi Karthikeyan,

By PSF, I think, you mean 'Print Services Facility', which is an IBM licensed AIX program that produces printer command from the data sent to it.

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Print Services Facility (PSF). The access method that supports the 3800 Printing Subsystem Models 3 and 8. PSF can interface either directly to a user's application program or indirectly through the Job Entry Subsystem (JES) of MVS.

I used AFP to use different 'character-sets' such as 'French' in your case.

P.S.:This, follow-up reply from me, might not help you much, however, may provide a hint to think a bit 'out of box'.
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Karthikeyan J

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 2:51 am    Post subject: Anuj
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Anuj,

My PSF seems to indirectly interface through JES. I am interested in learning how you used AFP to use different chracter sets.
Could you please elaborate on that giving the JCL statements used?

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply to: French accent printing problem
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to control any printer, the jcl statement "OUTPUT" is used

Code:

//outdef OUTPUT .....
//sysprint dd sysout=a,output=(*.outdef)


the output statement should contain all the info needed to identify
for IP:printway and FSS supported printers all the parameters

see
JCL guide
JCL reference
IP Printway manuals
PSF manuals

speak also with the network/system support group on how to specify the
right parameters
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply to: French accent printing problem
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As there are a lot of problems to identify in this like connections, translations and software used that will potentially interfere in the printing of special characters, there is a practical way to get to the character you want.
It's not very sophisticated but it will work!
Just create a printing line (or lines) that contains all hex values (maybe leave out the lower segment because these contain printer control characters) in normal order and print this line. Then find the character you want and trace it back to the hex value you put in there.

This will also work to identify translations you were not aware of!
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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:37 pm    Post subject:
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Did you get some solution Karthikeyan.

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I am interested in learning how you used AFP to use different chracter sets

Try this link for the above, may be helpful.
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