International phone numbers (was Re: AOL Non-Lameness)
jabley at ca.afilias.info
Tue Oct 3 12:53:57 UTC 2006
On 3-Oct-2006, at 00:37, Rick Kunkel wrote:
> Boy, this is certainly OT.
Yeah. Apologies for contributing to the noise, but since someone
mentioned it earlier...
> I had a suspicion it might be standard somewhere.
The ITU recommendation is E.123 (02/01), ITU article number E20897 in
English. That document recommends that a hyphen, space or period be
used to provide visual separation between groups of numbers;
parentheses are to be used for sections of the number which are
sometimes not dialled, but not in the full international notation
which includes an E.164 country-code.
E.123 also tells us how to write our e-mail addresses and URLs on
business cards, except that it calls URLs "web addresses". At least,
this is what I can glean from the many E.123 summaries I could find,
since the actual document isn't available for free download. We're
certainly lucky to have the ITU.
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