Date: 2005-02-11 12:55
From: "John Loughney" <john(_dot_)loughney(_at_)kolumbus(_dot_)fi>
SMS's for some languages are indeed in unicode, often one message is sent in
a multipart message - i.e. - in more than one message. Even in various Nordic
languages that have strange things like ä, ö, å ... SMS's are sent in unicode.
Some cell phones sport pen input, but also support Asian text input via a
stroke system via the normal digit keypad.
From: "Harald Tveit Alvestrand" <harald(_at_)alvestrand(_dot_)no>
Time: 02/10/2005 10:21 pm
--On torsdag, februar 10, 2005 10:49:50 -0500 Bruce Lilly
1. I have in mind a keyboard on a certain device which has
support for protocols which use domain names (HTTP, SMTP/
Internet Message Format, VPIM). It has a keyboard which
is at best inconvenient for entry of ASCII text. Unicode
"text" (see below for an explanation of the scare quotes)
is unthinkable. That device is a cell phone.
Note that the SMS service is popular in Asia too - and there, the
characters sent are definitely not ASCII.
No, I have no idea how they type them - but they do.
While I do not dispute that some mobile devices might use some subset
of some version of Unicode for text in some languages, my point was,
in response to John Klensin's "Until and unless every one of us has a
keyboard that permits easy input of every Unicode character", that not
only do I not expect to have a keyboard permitting *easy* entry (no,
that doesn't mean "Grafiti" or "Decuma") of *every* Unicode character
any time soon, I don't expect it *ever*, because the Unicode code space
is expanding (in contradiction to the original Unicode Design Principles)
faster than the available memory space on low-power, compact, mobile
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