In one of the applications they have few characters defined at the 88 level. which would be used to check every letter in a record of the input file. The characters defined in the 88 level variable is given below
For all the characters shown above there is an equivalent ASCII value. Is there function available which i can use to check ASCII value of a letter in the record instead of using the 88 level variable to check it?
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It is not possible to tell an ASCII character from an EBCDIC character without knowing the context of the file creation.
For example, an EBCDIC '<' character is hex 4C. Hex value 4C in ASCII is an 'L'. So when you see a hex '4C' character in the file, is it a less than sign or an L? The answer is that it depends -- it could be either. There is absolutely no way by inspection to determine if a given set of characters is in EBCDIC or ASCII.