Re: Unicode, SMS, PDA/cellphones

From: Cristian Secară (
Date: Thu Jun 01 2006 - 17:30:14 CDT

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    On Thu, 1 Jun 2006 23:52:53 +0200, Philippe Verdy wrote:

    > Given the average lifetime of mobile phones of about 3 years (which
    > depends mostly on its battery, one of the most expensive part of it),
    > Idon't think it's too late.

    It's to late because users have already habituated with this particular

    > Modern mobile phones can handle more languages, [...]

    In fact they can handle more languages, but in practice, at once, they
    only handle group of languages, based on strange (geographical ?)
    Frankly speaking, I find this resonably enough.

    > For Romania, I think that a profile made on European standard
    > (MES-1 or more) or WGL4 would be fine.

    If with WGL4 you mean Windows Gliph List 4 (?), then this does not
    fully cover the Romanian language: Romanian characters U+0218-021B are
    not included in WGL4.
    As far as I can tell, no one is to blame: I suspect that WGL4 was set
    up when Unicode was below version 3.0, so no U+0218-021B could be
    associated with.

    > I see no reason why mobile phones can't handle the correct display
    > of all these characters.

    This (missing glyphs) is only a part of the problem. What I have said
    remains true from the user perspective: extended characters are more
    difficult to access from a phone keyboard, so very few people are
    willing to extend their typing time. This is particularily true if the
    user has to browse across a whole bunch of accented characters just to
    reach the one he needs. The Romanian language with stripped accents
    above / below characters is still well readable (or "understandable"),
    so users will take the shortcut without remorse.


    Cristian Secară

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