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Paragraph or Line Breaks in SMS Treatments do not work



An SMS Treatment is created with Paragraph Line Breaks. The treatment does not transpose on using the SMS Shape in the Pega Marketing Offer Flow or Sending Seed Test, and displays incorrectly on the device.

For example, 

The below Treatment, 


This is a test message with paragraphs

The End"

displays as, "HelloThis is a test message with paragraphsThe End"

Error Messages

Not Applicable

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Create an SMS Treatment with Paragraph or Line Breaks

    For example,


    This is a test message with paragraphs

    The End"

  2. Send an SMS Message using Seed Test. The treatment displays as below:

    "HelloThis is a test message with paragraphsThe End"

Root Cause

PegaMarketing does not handle line breaks (such as, <br /> tag or any other equivalent) because all SMS Providers do not support them.
In the PegaMKT-Work-Offer.DeliverSMS activity, a Java Function is present with the below line, which removes line breaks,
getStreamResults = getStreamResults.replaceAll("\\s+", " ");


Perform the following local-change:
  1. Save As the PegaMKT-Work-Offer.DeliverSMS activity to a custom ruleset.
  2. Remove the below line to support the functionality of sending SMS with line breaks.

    getStreamResults = getStreamResults.replaceAll("\\s+", " ");

Published March 27, 2020 - Updated December 2, 2021

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