Perso-Arabic Script Code for Information Interchange

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Perso-Arabic Script Code for Information Interchange (PASCII) is one of the Indian government standards for encoding languages using writing systems based on Perso-Arabic alphabet, in particular Kashmiri, Persian, Sindhi and Urdu. The ISCII encoding was originally intended to cover both the Brahmi-derived writing systems of India and the Arabic-based systems, but it was subsequently decided to encode the Arabic-based writing systems separately.

PASCII has not been widely used outside certain government institutions and has now been rendered largely obsolete by Unicode. Unicode uses a separate block for each writing system and largely preserves the PASCII layout within each block.

Codepage layout[edit]

The following table shows the character set for PASCII. Each character is shown with its decimal code and its Unicode equivalent.

PASCII
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
0x NUL SOH STX ETX EOT ENQ ACK BEL  BS   HT   LF   VT   FF   CR   SO   SI  
1x DLE DC1 DC2 DC3 DC4 NAK SYN ETB CAN  EM  SUB ESC  FS   GS   RS   US 
2x  SP  ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . /
3x 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ; < = > ?
4x @ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O
5x P Q R S T U V W X Y Z [ \ ] ^ _
6x ` a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o
7x p q r s t u v w x y z { | } ~ DEL
8x ـ ا آ ب ٻ ڀ پ ڦ ت ة ٿ ٹ[a] ٺ ث ج
9x ڄ ڃ چ ڇ ح خ د ڌ ڈ[b] ڏ ڍ ذ ر ڑ[c] ڙﻬ ز
Ax ژ س ش ص ض ط ظ ع غ ف ق ڪ[d] ک گ ڳ ڱ
Bx ل م ن ں ڻ و ۄ ه ھ ء ى ؠ ۓ ے َ ِ
Cx ُ ٗ ٔ ٕ ٔ[e] ٟ ّ ٓ ۡ ٰ ٖ [f] ؔ ، ؐ
Dx ؓ ؒ ؑ [g] ۙ ۚ ۢ ؁[h] ٪ ٬ ٫ ۰ ۱ ۲ ۳
Ex ۴ ۵ ۶ ۷ ۸ ۹ ! ( ) ٭ + ATR
Fx - / ؛ : ؟ = ۔ ۝ [h] ٬  DM   LB  [h] ·
  1. ^ This character is displayed as ٽ (Unicode point 067D) for Sindhi texts.
  2. ^ This character is displayed as ڊ (Unicode point 068A) for Sindhi texts.
  3. ^ This character is displayed as ڙ (Unicode point 0699) for Sindhi texts.
  4. ^ This character is usually displayed as ک (Unicode point 06A9) in non-Sindhi texts. See also: Khē
  5. ^ This code space is used for Kashmiri hamza, an orthographic variation not used in Unicode. This diacritic on an alif is 0672 in Unicode.
  6. ^ This diacritic currently has no Unicode support. This diacritic on an alif is 0671 in Unicode.
  7. ^ This combining superscript letter kaf currently has no Unicode support.
  8. ^ a b c This punctuation mark currently has no Unicode support. Nearest equivalent shown.

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