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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 25, 2019

ACS - Enable to input/view "Yen" and "Backslash" at the same time

ACS 5250 emulation does not allow to view/input Yen-sign and Backslash at the same time.
On version, only Yes-sign can be used and impossible to use Backslash.
No problem on Access for Windows PC5250.

In EBCDIC and Unicode, they have different code point.
- cp290 : Yen = 0x5b, Backslash = 0xb2
- cp1027 : Yen = 0xb2, Backslash = 0xe0
- cp1200 (UTF16) : Yen = 00a5, Backslash = 005c
- cp943 : Yen/Backslash = 0x5c

By this problem, it's not possible to view/edit C/C++ and open source languages on ACS 5250.
Also shell commands (including regular expression) which use Backslash as separator are of no use with ACS 5250.

Use Case:

- Can distinguish Yen-sign and Backslash on 5250 screen.
- View/edit source code of C/C++, shall script, and many other open languages from 5250 screen.
- Run shell command from 5250 screen.
- Provide equivalent functionality with PCOMM and PC5250 (Access for Windows).

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 26, 2020

    CASE TS003624830 has been closed.

    ACS (and HOD) does not handle such special EBCDIC SBCS characters in the same fashion as PC5250.
    Still, it may be possible to use those characters if you install selected non-standard font on Windows.
    (e.g. "Ricty" font ( may work for Japanese environment.)
    This is Java/Windows issue so users who need this functionality should do so at their own risk.

  • Guest
    Apr 23, 2020

    I tried and found that ACS does not provide the same capability as PC5250 or HOD.
    (Need to install additional Japanese font to Windows10 ACS clients)
    CASE TS003624830 has been opened to address this issue.

  • Guest
    Apr 20, 2020

    This support is now available in version dated April 2020.

  • Guest
    Jan 30, 2020

    This is planned for our April 2020 update.

  • Guest
    Jan 28, 2020

    The response to your question is as follows.
    As Access for Windows does not work on Windows10, I tested using PCOMM 13.0.

    > 1. How do you input both characters using PC5250?

    Map "ansi 5c" to keyboard.

    > 2. How do you display both characters using PC5250?

    When you press backslash key (set as [pass]), you'll see yen-sign.
    When you press, e.g. shift+backslash key (set as [ansi 5c]), you'll see backslash.

    > 3. What host code page(s) are you using?

    I'm using "1399 Japanese English lower-case extended (JIS2004)".
    Just for your information, primary language is 2962 and QCCSID is 65535 on IBM i.
    Job CCSID (I tried both 65535 and 1399) doesn't affect the behaviour.

    I appreciate your support.

  • Guest
    Jan 28, 2020

    As we are evaluating this request, we have some questions:
    1. How do you input both characters using PC5250?
    2. How do you display both characters using PC5250?
    3. What host code page(s) are you using?

  • Guest
    Sep 24, 2019

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. All currencies should work, and ACS should offer the same functionality as other interfaces provided by IBM.

    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
    Jun 25, 2019

    Hi, I have tested HOD v14 recently GAed. We can use both of Yen-sign and backslash on its 5250 even on Japanese HOST Code page.
    ACS also should be.

  • Guest
    May 3, 2019

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

  • Guest
    Apr 25, 2019

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