This is a brilliant example of an ISO "academic standard" It looks
nice on paper, but doesn't meet peoples' real needs.
But HUNDREDS of well-run tests have shown that most people
have trouble remembering single strings of more than 4 or 5 digits.
However, they can remember multiple sequential short digit strings
That why phone companies all over the world break their numbers
in to smaller groups of digits with spaces, dashes etc.
I guess it depends on "What's your objective?" Is it to have your
phone number remembered or comply with an ISO standard?
I remain + 1 847 793 2740
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Herman Ranes [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Monday, May 31, 1999 12:01 PM
> To: Unicode List
> Subject: Re: Internationalization--Phone Number Writing Conventions
> I would suggest that, according to ISO standard, North American numbers
> shall be written
> +1 XXX XXXXXXX
> +1 XXXXXXXXXX
> depending on whether seven- or ten-figure dialling is used locally.
> Herman Ranes
> "Hohberger, Clive P." skreiv:
> > >
> > > Your company would write
> > >
> > > +1 715 362-9586
> > >
> > > The purpose of the + is to remind you to enter at this point
> > > escape sequence that lifts you onto the international level.
> > Not quite. Modern American business usage also gets rid of the
> > dashes by using
> > only spaces. Parentheses and dashes are only uses in the US
> > form
> > without the "1" prefix, (715) 362-9586.
> > We are moving towards two international forms in US business
> > +1 715 362 9586 European
> > +1.715.362.9586 pseudo-Internet
> > Clive Hohberger
> > Zebra Technologies
> > Chicago
> Herman Ranes Høgskolen i Sør-Trøndelag
> Avdeling for teknologi
> Telefon +47 73559606 Institutt for elektroteknikk
> Telefaks +47 73559581
> <email@example.com> N-7005 Trondheim
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