Re: Unicode, SMS, PDA/cellphones

From: Richard Wordingham (
Date: Mon May 29 2006 - 09:51:24 CDT

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    Doug Ewell wrote on Monday, May 29, 2006 at 1:13 AM

    > I guess I shouldn't have said "much more efficiently" since GSM does use a
    > 7-bit byte. You'd have to average one 2-byte character for every six
    > 1-byte characters to break even, which generally isn't true for (e.g.)
    > Spanish or German. Still, for Romanian and any other text where
    > everything falls back to 2 bytes, SCSU would be a clear win.

    I see there's also an optional compressed mode in GSM, which should work
    wonders for most language-specific alphabetic scripts. It's a bit clunky
    when having to switch between Unicode rows (i.e. high 8 bits of UTF-16),
    taking at least 9 bits for each switch, which might make it useless for Cree
    or possibly even for Vietnamese.


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