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The ASCII function converts all the characters in the expression from the EBCDIC character set to the ASCII character set. It takes the general form:



expression may return a data string of any form. The function will then assume that the characters are all members of the EBCDIC character set and translate them using a character map. The original expression is unchanged while the returned result of the function is now the ASCII equivalent.

An example of use is as:

READT EbcdicBlock ELSE CRT "Tape failed!"; STOP
AsciiBlock = ASCII (EbcdicBlock) ;* convert to ASCII

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