What's New in the SAS 9.3 National Language Support


In this release, SAS has expanded the scope and capabilities of National Language Support (NLS). NLS is a set of features that enable a software product to function properly in every global market for which the product is targeted. SAS contains NLS features to ensure that you can write SAS applications that conform to local language conventions. Typically, software that is written in the English language works well for users who use the English language and data that is formatted using the conventions that are observed in the United States. However, without NLS, these products might not work as well for users in other regions of the world. NLS in SAS enables users in regions such as Asia and Europe to process data successfully in their native languages and environments.

General Enhancements

The following enhancements are implemented for SAS 9.3:
  • The aliases were updated in the LOCALE= System Option table.
  • The European Currency Conversion section was updated with the new members that use the Euro.

Additional Encodings

The following encodings are new:
Open Edition Katakana
specifies the encoding for Open Edition Katakana
Open Edition Korean
specifies the encoding for Open Edition Korean
Open Edition Simplified Chinese
specifies the encoding for Open Edition Simplified Chinese
Open Edition Traditional Chinese
specifies the encoding for Open Edition Traditional Chinese
Open Edition Japanese
specifies the encoding for Open Edition Japanese
Open Edition Japanese-IBM-939E
specifies the encoding for Open Edition Japanese-IBM-939E


The following formats are new:
converts the time portion of the SAS date time of the locale to the time of day and time zone
converts SAS date values of the specified locale to the day of week, date time, and time zone
converts the SAS date time values to the locale sensitive date time string as the time zone and date time
The following format has been updated:
The default value has changed from 1 to 8.


The following functions are new:
verifies the transcoding compatibility between two encodings
specifies a valid encoding name
specifies a message from a data set. The returned message is based on the current locale and a specified key.
specifies a message from a specified data set. The specified message is based on a specified locale value and a specified key value.
specifies the locale keys for the current SAS locale

System Options

The following system options are new:
controls the percent encoding behavior of the URLENCODING and URLDECODE functions
specifies the rules for naming SAS data sets, views, and item stores
specifies the rules for valid SAS variable names that can be created and processed during a SAS session
The following system option is enhanced:
The DFLANG system option supports the locale option.