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Subject: RE: [xsl] Unparsed-text and character conversion
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 18:30:45 -0000

If your file does turn out to be EBCDIC, there's a list of character codes
supported by Java at 


It might be that Cp500 is the particular variant of EBCDIC required (there
are as many EBCDIC derivatives as there are ASCII derivatives, so it's hard
to be sure!)

Michael Kay

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Neff [mailto:jneff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
> Sent: 07 January 2005 17:41
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [xsl] Unparsed-text and character conversion 
> Greetings,
> I am having a problem with the unparsed-text function.
> Here is my code:
>    <xsl:variable name="input-text" as="xs:string"
> select="unparsed-text($input, 'iso-8859-1')"/>
> My input file has a value in it of "000060-"
> My stylesheet is converting this to "6.60"
> The real decimal value is supposed to be a "-6.00".  
> My hypothesis is the hyphen is the EBCDIC character which has the hex
> equivalent of "60".  Oh, and did I mention this file is from 
> an AS/400 ?
> My question is how can I read this value without the 
> character converting it
> to the 60?
> There is a bonus prize is someone can not only tell me how to 
> read it as
> 6.00, but also determine the negative value within a stylesheet.
> Thank you much, in advance,
> Jim neff

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