This variable has meaning only on graphical systems such as Windows. It is used only if you:

Set TRANSLATE_TO_ANSI to 1 (ON, TRUE, YES) to turn on a character set translator. Then, if you use the graphical system's font for accepting data, the runtime will translate from one character set to the other. Data that is accepted from the screen is translated into the OEM character set before it is stored on disk. Data stored in the OEM character set is translated to the ANSI character set before it is displayed on screen. This process is also applicable to printing through the Windows print spooler when the printer uses an ANSI font.

The default setting for this variable is TRANSLATE_TO_ANSI 0 (OFF, FALSE, NO), which turns off the translation process.

This variable can be set from within a COBOL program with the SET verb. For example:


Note on ANSI and OEM characters:

The ANSI and OEM representations of the following standard English characters are identical:

0123456789 <space>
! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . / : 
; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^ _ ' { | } 

Only the representations of accented vowels and other special or non-English characters are different.