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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 24, 2023

Provide migration to CCSID(1208) / UTF-8 as QCCSID system value CCSID.

To provide a more globalized environment, it would be fantastic if IBM i migrated to UTF-8 as its the default/primary CCSID. That way programs and data written would work and appear the same everywhere, by default. I'm advocating a similar migration as when IBM pushed users from 65535 to 37 or whatever non-65535 is appropriate. I'm suggesting doing that again but targetting UTF-8 or CCSID 1208. Clearly the most work within the OS would be to support packed fields, and some consideration for symbols used in code (probably requiring a recompile to leaverage the new CCSID, but that's expected). Thanks!

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Feb 24, 2023
    Thank you for submitting your request. I don't see this making plan in the next release, so I am declining at this time.
    IBM Power Systems development
  • Admin
    Carmelita Ruvalcaba Cevallos
    Feb 21, 2023

    The CAAC has reviewed this IBM Idea and recommenders that IBM view this as a high priority idea that is important to be addressed.

    This change is essential to globalization of the platform.

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

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Carmelita Ruvalcaba - CAAC Program Manager