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Re: tel: or phone:

From: Claus André Färber <w3-int-list@faerber.muc.de>
Date: 23 Jun 1998 22:55:00 +0200
To: www-international@w3.org
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Martin J. Duerst <duerst@w3.org> schrieb:
> I would like to find out which one is better from an i18n viewpoint.
> In what languages "phone" is understood? In what languages "tel"
> is considered ambiguous? Any other comments?

"tel" is ambiguous in nearly any Western language:

telephone
telefax
television
teletext
telex
teletex
telecommuncications
...

All of these are dereived from Latin/Greek and used with slightly  
different spelling in many languages.

Therefore I like "phone" better, maybe even "fon" (language independent,  
nearly an acronym like http or ftp) or "pots".

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