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System Options for NLS

DBCSTYPE System Option: UNIX, Windows, and z/OS

Specifies the encoding method to use for a double-byte character set (DBCS).
z/OS Default: IBM
UNIX Default: Depends on the specific machine
Windows Default: PCMS
Valid in: configuration file, SAS invocation
Category: Environment control: Language control
UNIX specifics: Also valid in SASV9_OPTIONS environment variable

Operating Environment-Specific DBCSTYPE= Values
See Also


-DBCSTYPE encoding-method (UNIX and Windows)
DBCSTYPE = encoding-method (z/OS)


specifies the method that is used to encode a double-byte character set (DBCS). Valid values for encoding-method depend on the standard that the computer hardware manufacturer applies to the operating environment.


DBCS encoding methods vary according to the computer hardware manufacturer and the standards organization.

The DBCSLANG= system option specifies the language that the encoding method is applied to. You should specify DBCSTYPE= only if you also specify the DBCS and DBCSLANG= system options.

z/OS DBCSTYPE= supports the DBCSTYPE= value of IBM.

Operating Environment-Specific DBCSTYPE= Values

DBCS Encoding Methods for z/OS
DBCSTYPE= Value Description
IBM IBM PC encoding method

DBCS Encoding Methods for UNIX
DBCSTYPE= Value Description
DEC DEC encoding method
EUC Extended UNIX Code encoding method
HP15 Hewlett Packard encoding method
PCIBM IBM PC encoding method
PCMS Microsoft PC encoding method
SJIS Shift-JIS encoding method for the Japanese language only
NONE Disables DBCS processing

DBCS Encoding Methods for Windows
DBCSTYPE= Value Description
PCMS Microsoft PC encoding method
SJIS Shift-JIS encoding method for the Japanese language only

See Also

Conceptual Information:

Double-Byte Character Sets (DBCS)

DBCS Values for a SAS Session

Encoding Values in SAS Language Elements

System Options:

DBCS System Option: UNIX, Windows, and z/OS

DBCSLANG System Option: UNIX, Windows, and z/OS

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