TAB2 - Alternative Input Translation

This Natural profile parameter can be used to overwrite the definitions in the translation table NTTAB2 as contained in the configuration module NATCONFG. TAB2 corresponds to the NTTAB2 macro in the Natural parameter module.

Possible settings See TAB2 Parameter Syntax.
Default setting As specified within the macro NTTAB2 in NATCONFG.
Dynamic specification yes This parameter can only be specified dynamically. In the Natural parameter module, the macro NTTAB2 is used instead.
Specification within session no  

The NTTAB2 table in NATCONFG is the alternate input translation table for the secondary character set used when the profile/session parameter PM is set to PM=C.

The following topics are covered below:

TAB2 Parameter Syntax

The TAB2 parameter is specified as follows:


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

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



With TAB2=OFF all (static and dynamic) definitions are reset to the values specified in the macro NTTAB1 in NATCONFG.

NTTAB2 Macro Syntax

The NTTAB2 macro is specified as follows:

         NTTAB2 a1,a2,b1,b2,c1,c2,...


  1. For an explanation of the syntax elements, see TAB2 Parameter Syntax.
  2. The value OFF cannot be specified with the macro NTTAB2, but only dynamically with the profile parameter TAB2.

Example of TAB2 Parameter

With the TAB2 parameter, you must enclose the entire string of character pairs in parentheses, for example:


Example of NTTAB2 Macro

         NTTAB2 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'.