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PX Eliezer7
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By the numbers.

How should phone numbers be written in the US and Canada?

(311) 555-2368
Traditional

311-555-2368
More sensible with the advent of 10 digit dialing

311/555-2368
Probably fading away

311.555.2368
On the rise somewhat

311 555 2368
Too informal?

(311) KLondike 5-2368
Retro

Thoughts?

OZO
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The way defined in a standard

PX Eliezer7
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said by OZO:

The way defined in a standard

Which?

Standard of New Jersey: Esso/Enco/Pate/Humble/Carter--->Exxon

Standard of New York: Mobil

Standard of California: Chevron

Standard of Indiana: American/Amoco

Starndard of Ohio: Sohio [--->BP]

[Phone relevance: The Standard Oil breakup was the model for the Bell System breakup, and ended up with the same eventual outcome as split companies merged again....]
»www.us-highways.com/sohist.htm

[Just as Mobil and Exxon merged representing the NY and NJ companies, so did Nynex and BellAtlantic end up as Verizon, for example].
»www.porticus.org/bell/bellopercomp.html


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said by PX Eliezer :

(311) 555-2368
Traditional

311.555.2368
On the rise somewhat

If it's for correspondence, then tradtional. If it's for business cards and sites, then new age on the rise. Just make sure the numbers spell something!

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PX Eliezer7
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said by bbbc:

Just make sure the numbers spell something!

Besides trouble...

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I just realized that if I switched from (npa) nxx-xxxx to npa-nxx-xxxx in our database I could save two bytes per customer!!!

RTuesday

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said by PX Eliezer7:

How should phone numbers be written in the US and Canada?

(311) 555-2368
Traditional

+1-311-555-2368 if it's a business that wants to be reachable worldwide. Instantly dialable by mobile phones in most of the world, and the average American who's never seen the + sign before will just ignore it and use 11 digit dialling.

But for a purely local business, the "traditional" format still looks best.

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We need to do away with this legacy phone number system—I don’t tell people my web site is »198.51.100.42. So call me at bink@example.com.

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said by Mango:

I just realized that if I switched from (npa) nxx-xxxx to npa-nxx-xxxx in our database I could save two bytes per customer!!!

Better still, just pack it into three unsigned bytes (2^24) and format on output. Saves 11 out of your current 14 bytes... (and just turn away anybody who has those awkward foreign phone numbers).


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said by RTuesday:

Better still, just pack it into three unsigned bytes (2^24) and format on output. Saves 11 out of your current 14 bytes... (and just turn away anybody who has those awkward foreign phone numbers).

+1

And same for IP addresses. An IP address will fit in four bytes once converted properly (but make your column 16 bytes so you can store IPv6 addresses as well).
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I would, but they like to make notes with the phone number.

555-555-1234 (Bob's cell) / 455-555-1234 ext 7 / 355-555-1234 after 7pm

Actually, I was kidding when I mentioned saving disk space. The database that runs my employer's entire company is only 7MB!

steve1111

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How about 13115552368 ?


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reply to PX Eliezer7
said by PX Eliezer7:

How should phone numbers be written in the US and Canada?

(311) KLondike 5-2368
Retro

Thoughts?

There is just something so civil to the sound of JUniper-5-1212. I realize it's not going to happen, but next time someone asks you for your number, recite it in this format. You would be surprised at the comments....

»ourwebhome.com/TENP/Recommended.html

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The General Telephone System (GTE) companies used to parse their numbers differently:

Instead of KLondike 5-2368 it would be KLondike 52368.

That is, the end would be a group of 5 numbers.

-------------------------------

I used to love the old GTE magazine ads.

They would show a picture of Alexander Bell and say:

"He may have invented the telephone but he didn't invent us".

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said by PX Eliezer7:

How should phone numbers be written in the US and Canada?

(311) 555-2368
Traditional

I still like the traditional one since you can separate the area code and the actual number. You can easily determine which state are you calling, right?

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reply to PX Eliezer7
I always liked the slash-dot version for my own sanity, i.e. 311/555.1234 but easily adapt to the 311.555.1234 version. Just personal habits and preferences without references. Most likely due to my limited typing skills and _old_ keyboards (and typewriters, gasp!); much easier to hit just one key than shift+something.

david3

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reply to PX Eliezer7
I prefer

1-311-555-2368

Or if you want to get fancy

1.311.555.2368

ConstantineM

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reply to PX Eliezer7
If a 7-digit dialling is permissible, or you have the "grandfathered" NPA in a 10/11-digit dialling where no single respectable business has the new NPA yet, then +1 (NPA) NXX-XXXX; otherwise, +1-NPA-NXX-XXXX.

Also, I suggest getting a mnemonic number, and still writing it within the rules such as +1-NPA-NXX-XXXX; for example, +1-800-ASK-USPS (I have a local number similar to that), or +1-800-ITS-UNIX (but using someone's trademark can get you into a big lawsuit!).

It gets more difficult if you don't follow the pairing, though; I'd be careful about getting mnemonic between the boundaries; and I think it's a big no-no to have a mnemonic word overlap between the area code and the local number, unless it's a really long word and you don't expect to be getting any local calls anyways.