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writing text with special characters to file leads to strange symbols


We have an issue with writing special diacritic characters like 'ë' to a file on disk.

The special characters are converted to different format in the file: for instance an 'ë' in SAP becomes 'ë' in the file.

We use the following stametent to create the file:

"Open dataset P_FILE for output in textmode encoding default"

Instead of default we also tried the encoding UTF-8 parameter, but got the same result. Our system is an ERP 6.0 NW2004S system with oracle 10 installed in UNICODE UTF-8.

I also notice that browsing the file in SAP for instance in AL11 shows the right characters. When opening the file outside SAP (in our case AIX) the strange characters are shown. We transfer the files with XCOM, so this is a big problem.


Jurgen Meulenbeek


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    Posted on Aug 12, 2008 at 08:37 AM

    Hi Jurgen,

    everything is ok. You get the ASCII representation of your character. In an ASCII editor the UTF-8 character 'ë' is displayed as 'ë'. You have to use an Unicode editor to view the correct character. If you copy the file to Windows and open it with Word or even Notepad (if your OS is new enough), then you should get the correct output. I don't know which editor on AIX supports UTF-8, but there is probably also an editor there for Unicode.



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