Entry type: FAQ, Entry ID: 17778533, Entry date: 02/25/2011
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Which foreign language character sets and special characters can be used in STEP 7?

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Configuration Notes:
The following table contains some information on the foreign language character sets and special characters in STEP 7:
 

No. Foreign language character sets and special characters in STEP 7:
1 Foreign language character sets:
From STEP 7 V5.3 SP2 you can use foreign language character sets in projects and libraries other than the STEP 7 language set. Requirements:
  • You must have Windows Multilingual User Interface (e.g. MS Windows XP MUI) installed on your PC and
  • The setting for this requested character set must be defined in the operating system.

More information is available in the STEP 7 Online Help under "Note on Using Foreign-Language Character Sets" and under "Settings the Windows Language." The following foreign language character sets are released under MS Windows MUI:

  • Japanese
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Greek

Also note the "Note on Using Foreign-Language Character Sets" (section 6) in the STEP 7 readme file.

2 Special characters in STEP 7:
From STEP 7 V5.2 you can enter special characters for documentation purposes or as a comment without any restrictions.

If you are using a version of STEP 7 < V5.2, then it might not be possible to enter special characters directly in every STEP 7 application. For example, in STEP 7 V5.1 it is possible to enter special characters directly in comment fields in the HW Config, but not in block or network comment fields in the LAD/FBD/STL editor.
In this case you can enter the special characters via the relevant ASCII codes. To enter characters via their ASCII codes you must press and hold the ALT key and enter the relevant code via the numbers keypad.

Please note that you cannot use special characters in every input field. For example, special characters are not usually permitted in tag names.

@  <ALT> + <64>
[  <ALT> + <91>
\  <ALT> + <92>
]  <ALT> + <93>
{  <ALT> + <123>
|   <ALT> + <124>
}  <ALT> + <125>
~  <ALT> + <126>

The download contains the complete ASCII table in PDF format.

ASCII_char_map.pdf ( 20 KB )