binary-to-text encoding schemes that represent binary data in an unicode string format, each unicode character represent 15 bits of binary data


Plain textBase2e15 is awesome!20

Mapping table

Every character represent 15 bits of data, except the last character 7 bits or 15 bits

BinaryUnicodeUnicode Range Name
15 bits mapping
0x0000 ~ 0x1935U+3480 ~ U+4DB5CJK Unified Ideographs Extension A
0x1936 ~ 0x545BU+4E00 ~ U+8925CJK Unified Ideographs
0x545C ~ 0x7FFFU+AC00 ~ U+D7A3Hangul Syllables
7 bits mapping
0x00 ~ 0x7FU+3400 ~ U+347FCJK Unified Ideographs Extension A


A simple usage example in dart:

import 'dart:convert';
import 'package:base2e15/base2e15.dart';

main() {
  String msg = 'Base2e15 is awesome!';
  String encoded = Base2e15.encode(UTF8.encode(msg));
  String decoded = UTF8.decode(Base2e15.decode(encoded));


bits per character156
bits per char width7.5 (15/2)6 (6/1)
bits per UTF8 byte5 (15/3)6 (6/1)
bits per UTF16 byte7.5 (15/2)3 (6/2)

Why not base2e16 ?

Unicode range CJK Unified Ideographs Extension B contains 42711 characters (U+20000 ~ U+2A6D6), together with the characters used by base2e15, there are more than 65536 usable characters to encode 16 bits in each character.

However, font support for CJK Unified Ideographs Extension B is missing in most mobile devices and using this code range will also readue the bits capacity in UTF8 and UTF16 encoding, since those characters require one more byte in UTF8 and 2 more bytes in UTF16.


The base2e15 library. Map 15 bits to unicode 0x0000 ~ 0x1935 -> U+3480 ~ U+4DB5 CJK Unified Ideographs Extension A 0x1936 ~ 0x545B -> U+4E00 ~ U+8925 CJK Unified Ideographs 0x545C ~ 0x7FFF -> U+AC00 ~ U+D7A3 Hangul Syllables 7 bits special case, only used by last character 0x00 ~ 0x7F -> U+3400 ~ U+347F CJK Unified Ideographs Extension A