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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 18, 2019

ACS Printer Output add an option to specify a different encoding when downloading as text (.txt).

Access for Windows downloads spool files in different encoding than ACS. ACS only produces UTF-8

Use Case:

Download spool file reports for relay to vendor. Vendor does not support UTF-8 with current interface.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 30, 2021

    Thank you for submitting your Request For Enhancement. We understand the value of this RFE, but higher priority items have taken precedence. We are keeping this on our list for consideration in the near future.

  • Guest
    Jun 25, 2020

    IBM understands this request and will consider it for a future code update, though no commitment is made or implied.

  • Guest
    Feb 14, 2020

    This requirement is for spool file delivery to a single vendor in UTF-16. Changing the properties within ACS Config would impact all downloads. Is this assumption correct? Changing configs at the user level is not a viable solution. Ability to alter ACS config is restricted to limit functionality. The preferred solution would be ability to select additional encoding at the individual download level.

  • Guest
    Feb 13, 2020

    There is already a solution for this using a property which will enable Host Print Transform (HPT) for ACS printer output. Set the following property in
    That will cause ACS printer output to use the HPT EBCDIC to ASCII conversion tables defined by default at /QSYS.LIB/QWPDEFAULT.WSCST. The default IBM i conversions are defined here:
    If using the system default conversions are not sufficient and you would like to customize your own *WSCST, we could provide an option for you to specify the location of your own customized *WSCST object.

    If neither of these solutions will suffice, please provide us with additional details: CCSIDs, target code pages, and why neither of the above solutions will suffice.

  • Guest
    Jul 23, 2019

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. Usability is an important feature for ACS to support, as well as compatibility with diverse targets.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    May 3, 2019

    IBM has received this requirement and is evaluating it. A response will be provided when evaluation is complete.