Fwd: Unicode on mobile devices

From: Kai Hendry (hendry@aplixcorp.com)
Date: Tue Apr 29 2008 - 16:31:59 CDT

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    Apologies for the potential repost. I don't think my original got through.

    After a call today with an Opera employee, he informed me rightly that
    many handset manufacturers are unprepared for the license cost of
    fonts with a wide Unicode glyph coverage.
    This led me to fear a "region locking" scenario of mobile devices. Any comments?

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    From: Kai Hendry <hendry@aplixcorp.com>
    Date: Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 10:38 AM
    Subject: Unicode on mobile devices
    To: unicode@unicode.org

    Since new Web growth is "predicted" to happen on mobile devices, I
     have been naively looking into i18n tests for charsets and Unicode
     glyphs. Idea is, you can buy a phone that passes this imaginary
     Unicode Acid test and you would then know it should have basic support
     for reading your culture's language.

     The good news from my little survey with contacts in Asia, UTF-8 seems
     to be gaining popularity (in Japan/Korea) compared to "legacy"
     encodings except perhaps China: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GB2312
    Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GBK

     So assuming utf8, I wondered if it was then worthwhile to test for
     certain popular/key glyphs?

     I believe the age old argument that all/most of the glyphs can't be on
     a mobile device no longer holds, with memory being so inexpensive.
     Anyone have any rough ideas how much storage space the most complete
     glyph collection would take? Perhaps I am wrong. :)

     Any helpful pointers would be great. Thanks for your time,

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