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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 14, 2021

ICU Threatening to pull EBCDIC support

The ICU organization has a notice on their homepage that they need someone to test ICU on an EBCDIC machine (z or i) or they will move to ASCII-only support which means dropping EBCDIC. I would expect that IBM is the only team that can provide said support/testing for ICU on EBCDIC machines. Therefore we are asking that you provide said support ASAP.


Use Case:

The move to and use of Unicode on IBM i is critical, not only to international language support, but for things like Regular Expression interfaces in SQL and C compilers.


Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Jan 25, 2022

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. It is important that anything having to do with EBCDIC is not lost -- we need it to continue working.

    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 www.common.org/caac

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Dec 16, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial 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.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Nov 29, 2021

    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it.

  • Guest
    Nov 29, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Open Source, PASE
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None