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Ziad
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Username: Ziad

Post Number: 3
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 02:45 pm:   

Hello,

my setup is having an smpp php script to extract an arabic string from a database and send it to nowsms smsc. it always get processed as ??? not as an arabic string.

how do i send an arabic string through SMPP?
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 5698
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 03:48 pm:   

Hi Ziad,

If you are submitting via SMPP, then the Arabic text must be converted to Unicode and submitted with data_coding = 8 to indicate Unicode encoding.

If you submit via HTTP, then you can leave the text in Arabic, but include a character set indicator in the URL when submitting the message to NowSMS. For Arabic, this is done by appending "&charset=iso-8859-6" to the URL.

For example:

http://127.0.0.1:8800/?PhoneNumber=xxxxxx&Text=xxxxxxxxxxxx&charset=iso-8859-6

-bn
Ziad
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Username: Ziad

Post Number: 4
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 05:10 pm:   

Hello Bryce,

I tried "http://127.0.0.1:8800/?PhoneNumber=1234&Text=ط´ط³ظٹ&charset=iso-8859-6"

smsdebug.log showed %3f%3f%3f as the message submitted eventhough the machine supports arabic.

how can i fix this?

thanks
MedSalimALI
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Username: Salim

Post Number: 41
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2006 - 05:08 pm:   

Hello Ziad,

Bryce will give you more details, but let me give you some experienced similar cases which we got solutions as below:

1. "http://127.0.0.1:8800/?PhoneNumber=1234&Text=ط´ط³ظٹ&charset=iso-8859-6, that fine as said Bryce

2. we also edited the SMSGW.INI file and Under the [SMSGW] you add ReceiveSMSCharset=iso-8859-6 which it allows you even to receive arabic text with NowSMS gateway
Anyway it just one push, Bryce will give details, because as I see your"%3f%3f%3f" which we got same and after editing the INI file and save the change, we got solution, and we are sending and receiving correctly arabic text.

Regards,
Salim.
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
Board Administrator
Username: Bryce

Post Number: 5711
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 05:39 pm:   

Hi Ziad,

I think I'm going to need to see your SMSDEBUG.LOG.

If you see %3F%3F%3F in the SMSDEBUG.LOG, then this most likely means that these are the characters that your PHP script is sending to NowSMS.

I'd like to see the SMSDEBUG.LOG to confirm this. However, it sounds like the characters might have already been converted to "?" by the time they reach NowSMS. In that case, you would need to look closer at your script and how it is processing the text.

-bn

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