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DEC Supplemental Text

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DEC Supplemental Text

Have a file with DEC supplemental Character set text file. What to view it with a window XP system.
Files came from old openVMS database. Partially viewable in windows text editor, partially scrabled. Want to read it all.

Thanks in Advance
Craig A Berry
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Re: DEC Supplemental Text

I believe that is a subset of the DEC Multinational Character set. If you have access to an OpenVMS system, you can install the internationalization kit and use the DECMCS_UTF-8 conversion with the iconv utility. Depending on your Windows text editor, the UTF-8 may be readable as is, or may require further conversion to something else. Otherwise, the listing of the DEC MCScode points at the following URL may be helpful:

Michael Schulte zur Sur
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Re: DEC Supplemental Text


do you have a terminal emulation line reflection or smarterm?

Martin P.J. Zinser
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Re: DEC Supplemental Text

Hi Scott,

if you do still have your VMS system around, edit the file in a terminal emulator on your VMS system. As Michael mentioned, the better ones support the DEC encodings. Having the text on the screen a copy and paste should be all that is needed to move the file to your PC.

If all you have is the files, you can either roll your own converter in the language of your choice using the information Craig provided or try to use e.g. enscript (which supports DEC NCS) to turn the text into postscript and then run a text extractor on the resulting postscript.

Greetings, Martin