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4.1.5 SYMBOLIC CHARACTERS Clause



SYMBOLIC CHARACTERS symbolic-character-1
Provides a means of specifying one or more symbolic characters. Symbolic-character-1 is a user-defined word and must contain at least one alphabetic character. The same symbolic-character can appear only once in a SYMBOLIC CHARACTERS clause.


X >_Host_> Under OS/390 and VM, the symbolic character can be a DBCS
X user-defined word. <_Host_<


X >_Workstation_> Under AIX, OS/2, and Windows, you cannot use the
X SYMBOLIC CHARACTERS clause if the code page is DBCS or EUC.
X <_Workstation_<

The internal representation of symbolic-character-1 is the internal representation of the character that is represented in the specified character set. The following rules apply:

  • The relationship between each symbolic-character-1 and the corresponding integer-1 is by their position in the SYMBOLIC CHARACTERS clause. The first symbolic-character-1 is paired with the first integer-1; the second symbolic-character-1 is paired with the second integer-1; and so forth.
    
    
  • There must be a one-to-one correspondence between occurrences of symbolic-character-1 and occurrences of integer-1 in a SYMBOLIC CHARACTERS clause.
    
    
  • If the IN phrase is specified, integer-1 specifies the ordinal position of the character that is represented in the character set named by alphabet-name-2. This ordinal position must exist.
    
    
  • If the IN phrase is not specified, symbolic-character-1 represents the character whose ordinal position in the native character set is specified by integer-1.
    
    
    Note: Ordinal positions are numbered starting from 1.


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