From: Mustafa Jabbar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Jan 14 2005 - 21:19:32 CST
Thanks for the information. In fact I want to use my language Bengali for
sending and receiving SMS in my mobile phone. Even if that is not Unicode,
initially it will not be a problem. When we started writing Bengali we
created Fonts (By changing the shape of the Latin Characters) and Keyboard
drivers ( To create lot more characters than English) and even today 99%
people use ASCII based Bengali fonts and keyboard systems for writing
Bengali in computers.Only very recently we are having Unicode under WInXP.
But that is also with limited support. The applications which are Unicode
aware-does not suppport Bengali. MS Office is the only exception.
For mobile phone, I want to have the same solution like ASCII based Bangla.
Can you let me know how I can install a TrueType Font in a mobile phone and
how I can create a keyboard driver for mobile phone? What are the programs
that is used for creating mobile applications?
I know Win CE supports TrueType Fonts. But what about mobile windows or
I personally feel that people will be using that mothertongue in mobile
phones if they can and that should be one of the marketing issue by the
Thanks and regards
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of Ken Krugler
Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2005 12:52 AM
To: Donald Z. Osborn
Subject: Re: Unicode-Windows support in Mobile Phone
>Mustafa, Thanks for asking this - I've been thinking of similar questions
>mobile phones & handhelds and was trying to find time to phrase them into
>I have read that some handhelds run Windows systems, and if I didn't
>up in my quick reading, the noted Treo 600 was rumored to be another
>for same. Are these Unicode aware?
The Treo 600 (and 650) use Palm OS 5. This has some limited support
for conversion between the device character encoding (typically
CP1252) and various flavors of Unicode, but is not Unicode under the
If it receives email or SMS that's been encoded using Unicode
(typically UTF-8 and UCS-2, respectively) then the built-in
applications should attempt conversion to CP1252, with the expected
loss of data for unsupported characters.
>Are other systems so? Handhelds in general
>(like desktops and laptop/notebooks) built around Unicode?
>Crossing the blurring boundary, are simple mobile phones with text display
>messaging Unicode aware (none, some, all)?
Most are Unicode-aware, in that I believe most support UCS-2 encoded
SMS and UTF-8 encoded email. The level of support for UTF-8 in
vObjects (typically for beaming addresses) varies more, with several
phones ignoring the charset tag for inbound data and/or setting the
charset incorrectly on outbound vObjects.
Note that Unicode-aware and Unicode-under-the-hood are different
questions. You could argue that the Treo 600 is Unicode aware, but
because it doesn't use Unicode for the device character set, support
for displaying additional languages such as Bengali and N'ko is very
limited, and would typically require applications to hack up their
own (limited) solution.
In addition, even though an increasing number of mobile devices use
Unicode as the base encoding, the font/layout/rendering support code
would also need to handle the target languages. And you'd need some
way of installing additional fonts, which is often a problem on
mobile devices, since carriers aren't very excited about allowing
users to easily extend the OS.
-- Ken Krugler TransPac Software, Inc. <http://www.transpac.com> +1 530-470-9200
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