I am searching for a method to convert international non english characters in a multibyte character set (MBCS) or double byte character set (DBCS), Japanese or Korean for example, to an equivalent integer code. Can the CHAR and ICHAR functions be used when the character set is not ASCII? Since the usual ASCII integer codes are from 0 to 255, would the integer code for an international character be in the 256+ range? The reverse conversion from integer code to the character will also be needed. If the CHAR and ICHAR intrinsic functions won't work is there another method to get an integer character code? I have found some routines that can convert from a multibyte character to Unicode. Maybe the Unicode would then be converted to and from an integer using CHAR and ICHAR?
Thanks for your help and advice!