TABA1 - EBCDIC-to-ASCII Translation

This Natural profile parameter can be used to overwrite the definitions in the EBCDIC-to-ASCII translation table NTTABA1 as contained in the configuration module NATCONFG. TABA1 corresponds to the NTTABA1 macro in the Natural parameter module.

Possible settings See TABA1 Parameter Syntax.
Default setting As specified within the macro NTTABA1 in NATCONFG.
Dynamic specification yes

This parameter can only be specified dynamically. In the Natural parameter module, the macro NTTABA1 is used instead.

Specification within session no  

The following topics are covered below:

TABA1 Parameter Syntax

The TABA1 parameter is specified as follows:


You specify pairs of characters, the first character of a pair being an EBCDIC character to be translated, the second character of a pair being the ASCII character into which the EBCDIC character is to be translated.

You can specify each character either as the one-byte character itself (enclosed in apostrophes) or as the two-byte hexadecimal representation of that character.



With TABA1=OFF all (static and dynamic) definitions are reset to the values specified in the macro NTTABA1 in NATCONFG.

NTTABA1 Macro Syntax

The NTTABA1 macro is specified as follows:

         NTTABA1 a1,a2,b1,b2,c1,c2,...


  1. For an explanation of the syntax elements, see TABA1 Parameter Syntax.
  2. The value OFF cannot be specified with the macro NTTABA1, but only dynamically with the profile parameter TABA1.

Example of TABA1 Parameter

With the TABA1 parameter, you must enclose the entire string of character pairs in parentheses, for example:


Example of NTTABA1 Macro

         NTTABA1 5E,'Ä','ö',78,FF,00,'ü','Ü'

In this example, the character represented by H'5E' is translated into 'Ä', 'ö' into the character represented by H'78', the character represented by H'FF' into the character represented by H'00', and 'ü' into 'Ü'.