the introduction of the Euro and the withdrawal of national banknotes in 2002,
it's important that you know how to manage the Euro symbol on the hp e3000.
can manage the Euro symbol from the hp e3000 today. As far as MPE/iX is
concerned, all characters that you enter, store & print on the hp e3000 are
8-bit ASCII codes. The hp e3000 knows nothing about their meaning, it simply
accepts them, stores them, sorts them, and outputs them. No changes need to be
made to the hp e3000 or MPE/iX to achieve this. However, to input and output the
Euro symbol, you must have printers and terminals or terminal emulators which
can handle the Euro symbol.
has implemented the Euro by modifying the HP Roman-8 character set. It has
replaced the 'Universal Currency Character' (otherwise known as the 'sputnik'),
with the Euro symbol. This is at position decimal 186 (hex $ba). The resultant
character set is known as HP Roman-9, and any peripheral connected to the hp
e3000 that is to be used for input or output of the Euro symbol must support it.
order to input the Euro, your input device must support the HP Roman-9 character
set. Input devices on the hp e3000 are now normally terminal emulators, but the
text terminal C1099A also allows support of the Euro symbol.
of the most widely-used terminal emulators on the hp e3000 is Reflection from
WRQ. Reflection supports the HP Roman-9 character set from version 7.0 onward.
The character set can be configured by choosing the Setup menu, selecting
Terminal, then clicking on the Emulation tab. If you have a suitable version of
Reflection, you will find HP Roman-9 in the drop-down menu of Host Character
Set. Once configured, Reflection can be tested by typing AltGr+4
(press the AltGr key, hold it down, and press 4) or AltGr+e. If you don't
have an AltGr key, use the right-hand Alt key. A Euro should be displayed on
your screen. If it is not, then you also need to update your Windows keyboard
driver. This is a very simple process; downloads and installation instructions
can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/euro.asp.
entered, the hp e3000 will store characters in 8-bit bytes. The code for the
Euro is decimal #186 or hexadecimal $ba. To examine the hexadecimal content of a
file, you can use the following command:
The other thing the hp e3000 will do with a stored Euro is to sort it. The Euro takes the place of the International Currency Symbol in the HP Roman-9 character set, and therefore sorts to the same place as that character. This sort order position is appropriate for the Euro, so no changes were made.
be useful, the Euro symbol must be output to printers. Once again, the printer
must be able to use the HP Roman-9 character set. Whilst new HP printers are
able to support the HP Roman-9 character set, you may have to make modifications
to your older printers.
Windows-only applications, there are free downloadable fonts available, but for
non-Windows applications, which include those on the hp e3000, then a hardware
solution is needed. You can buy small cards (called DIMM/SIMM modules) that
contain built-in fonts with the Roman-9 character set. These are
customer-installable and low-cost. Further information regarding the correct
model numbers for your printer can be found at:http://www.hp.com/pond/euro/indexes/euro_hardware.html.
the DIMM/SIMM module is installed into your printer, you may be able to
configure the HP Roman-9 character set from the printer's front panel. If this
is not possible, an escape sequence can be included in either the spoolfile, the
environment file or in the printer's setup file.
escape sequence is Esc(4U - where
Esc means the escape character. To include it in an environment file or a setup
file, perform the following steps:
Use a text editor to create a one-line unnumbered flat file that contains
this escape sequence.
To use this as a setup file on a networked printer, enter it as a setup
file in NPCONFIG.PUB.SYS. Eg.
(network_address = 12.345.67.89
jam_recovery = false
To use this as an environment file in a file equation, issue the
escape sequence can also be included in a termtype file. The method for this is
documented in the 'Customizing Terminal and Printer Type Files with Workstation
Configurator' manual (part 32022-90031 downloadable from http://docs.hp.com).