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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 17, 2016

possibility to specify what decimal character %char() should use

I'm missing the possibility to specify what decimal character should be used in %char() overriding the control specification DECEDIT keyword. The standard european character is comma instead of point. But sometimes when generating CSV or XML files it has to be point. It would be good to specify what it should be in the format part of %char().

Use Case:

text = %CHAR(nbr : *POINT); // text = 123.4

text = %CHAR(nbr : *COMMA); // text = 123,4

text = %CHAR(nbr); // use the character indicated by the control specification DECEDIT keyword

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Sep 14, 2016

    Yes, of course I know XLATE could be used but the resulting code looks clumsy and need extra documentation in form of comments.

  • Guest
    Jul 29, 2016

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed. To handle this scenario, you can use %XLATE:

    text = %XLATE(',' : '.' : %CHAR(nbr));

  • Guest
    Jun 18, 2016

    Creating a new RFE based on Community RFE #90193 in product IBM i.