From: Ken Krugler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Nov 07 2004 - 15:29:09 CST
>I like to know how are SMS messages encoded.
>What encoded is used ? UCS-2 ? UTF-8 ?
>Possible scenarios: (1) simple ASCII text; (2) characters from ASCII
>combined with some from ISO-8859-x; (3) all Asian text; (...)
The three encodings that I know have been used for SMS text, at least
with Palm OS, are:
a. Raw text - 8 bit undefined, which usually gets treated as ISO
8859-1, but it completely up to the recipient. Or at least that was
b. GSM - a 7-bit encoding with two unusual features: it uses 0 (NULL)
as a valid code point, and an escape as a way of accessing a
secondary table of code points.
Depending on your locale, different approaches are taken to encoding
messages. In China I think all messages are sent as UCS-2. In Hong
Kong, first GSM is tried, but if that can't represent all of the
characters then UCS-2 is the fall-back.
-- Ken Krugler TransPac Software, Inc. <http://www.transpac.com> +1 530-470-9200
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