From: Otto Stolz (
Date: Wed Jul 09 1997 - 11:49:39 EDT

On Jul 8, 16:30, Tony Harminc <> wrote:
> A few mainly historic EBCDIC tidbits:
> The displayable characters are in the range X'40'-X'FE'.
> Contrary to common opinion, there is nothing in any mainframe
> hardware or software that restricts the byte values in a string.

O yes, there is one thing: the Fortran runtime system (which belongs
to the the mainframe software, doesn't it) has used the X'FF' byte
as a string terminator; hence this byte value could not be used
in a string.

Best wishes,
   Otto Stolz

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