Convert EBCDIC & ASCII
SimoXT80 - Eighty-Byte Text Strings
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  Introduction
  How to Use
  The COBOL Source Code
  The COBOL Copy File
  Summary
  Software Agreement and Disclaimer
  Downloads and Links
  Current Server or Internet Access
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  Glossary of Terms
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This document provides a listing of the COBOL source code for a callable routine that provides conversion between ASCII and EBCDIC for an eighty (80) byte text string. This program is included in the SimoCARD suite of programs.


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The SimoXT80 program provides an easy to use, callable routine for converting an eighty (80) byte string of text data between ASCII and EBCDIC.

First, the pass area (or data structure) must be defined in the WORKING-STORAGE section of the program that will call SIMOXT80. A COBOL copy file is provided for this purpose and the same copy file is used in the LINKAGE section of SIMOXT80.

       COPY PASSXT80.

Next, the data items in the pass area need to be initialized prior to calling SIMOXT80.

           move 'A2E ' to XT80-REQUEST  
           move 'Test Data' to XT80-DATA

Next, the following shows the line of code that makes the call to SIMOXT80.

           call 'SIMOXT80' using XT80-PASS-AREA

The following is a list of the parameters required when using the XT80-PASS-AREA to call the SimoXT80 routine.

Parameter  Description
XT80-REQUEST  This parameter must be provided by the calling program.
Keyword Description
A2E  Convert the text string from ASCII to EBCDIC
E2A  Convert the text string from EBCDIC to ASCII
XT80-RESPOND  A zero (0) value indicates a successful completion of the request. A non-zero value indicates the request could not be completed successfully.
XT80-DATA  This parameter will contain the logical record for a READ request.

Note:  A listing of the COBOL copy file is provided in a following section of this document.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section The COBOL Source Code

The following (SIMOXT80.cbl) is a listing of the COBOL Source Code.

       IDENTIFICATION DIVISION.
       PROGRAM-ID.    SIMOXT80.
       AUTHOR.        SIMOTIME TECHNOLOGIES.
      *****************************************************************
      *           This routine was generated by SimoREC1              *
      *             A product of SimoTime Technologies                *
      *        Our e-mail address is: helpdesk@simotime.com           *
      *     Also, visit our Web Site at http://www.simotime.com       *
      *  Generation Date: 2005/06/23  Generation Time: 09:26:05:57    *
      *****************************************************************
       DATA DIVISION.
       WORKING-STORAGE SECTION.
       01  WORK-04     pic X(4)    value SPACES.
       01  ENCODE-FLAG pic X       value 'A'.

       COPY ASCEBCB1.
       COPY ASCEBCB2.

      *****************************************************************
       LINKAGE SECTION.
       COPY PASSXT80.

      *****************************************************************
       PROCEDURE DIVISION using XT80-PASS-AREA.
           move 'A' to ENCODE-FLAG
           move XT80-REQUEST to WORK-04
           evaluate WORK-04
             when 'E2A ' inspect XT80-DATA converting E-INFO to A-INFO
                         move ZERO to XT80-RESPOND
                         move ZERO to RETURN-CODE
             when 'A2E ' inspect XT80-DATA converting A-INFO to E-INFO
                         move ZERO to XT80-RESPOND
                         move ZERO to RETURN-CODE
             when other  perform TRY-EBCDIC
           end-evaluate

           if  ENCODE-FLAG = 'E'
                inspect XT80-RESPOND converting A-INFO to E-INFO
           end-if

           GOBACK.

      *****************************************************************
       TRY-EBCDIC.
           inspect WORK-04 converting E-INFO to A-INFO
           evaluate WORK-04
             when 'E2A ' inspect XT80-DATA converting E-INFO to A-INFO
                         move ZERO to XT80-RESPOND
                         move ZERO to RETURN-CODE
                         move 'E' to ENCODE-FLAG
             when 'A2E ' inspect XT80-DATA converting A-INFO to E-INFO
                         move ZERO to XT80-RESPOND
                         move ZERO to RETURN-CODE
                         move 'E' to ENCODE-FLAG
             when other  add 12 to ZERO giving XT80-RESPOND
                         add 12 to ZERO giving RETURN-CODE
           end-evaluate
           exit.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section The COBOL Copy File

The following (PASSXT80.cpy) is a listing of the COBOL Copy file that defines the structure for the data items in the pass area.

      *****************************************************************
      *   Copy File for the Pass Area used by the SIMOXT80 program.   *
      *****************************************************************
      *         Copyright (C) 1987-2019 SimoTime Technologies         *
      *                     All Rights Reserved                       *
      *****************************************************************
      *              Provided by SimoTime Technologies                *
      *        Our e-mail address is: helpdesk@simotime.com           *
      *     Also, visit our Web Site at http://www.simotime.com       *
      *****************************************************************
      *    XT80-REQUEST         E2A  - Convert from EBCDIC to ASCII   *
      *                         A2E  - Convert from ASCII to EBCDIC   *
      *    XT80-RESPOND         A Zero value indicate success         *
      *    XT80-DATA            An 80 byte text string that is to be  *
      *                         converted                             *
      *****************************************************************
       01  XT80-PASS-AREA.
           05  XT80-REQUEST     pic X(4).
           05  XT80-RESPOND     pic 9(4).
           05  XT80-DATA        PIC X(80).
      ***  PASSXT80 - End-of-Copy File - - - - - - - - - - - PASSXT80 *
      *****************************************************************
      *

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