Unicode in Mobile Devices
Adil Allawi - Diwan Software Limited

Intended Audience: Software Engineers, Managers, Web Administrators

Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Mobile phones, Pocket MP3 Players, PDA's and similar small devices presents special problems for those who wish to implement support for Unicode and complex languages such as Arabic and Thai. This paper is based on the experience that Diwan has gained building complex text support for several projects including text rendering for mobile phones and xHTML/WML in mobile browsers. I will discuss here the problems that may be faced when adding support for multilingual text and complex languages in a small device. I will also covers the issues related to presentation of text, options for handling text input, multilingual user interface and product design.