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Re: RE> In which languages are PHONE and TEL ambiguous

From: P. R. Harindranath <hary@wipinfo.soft.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 08:58:25 +0530
Message-ID: <35931558.6BEA40B4@wipinfo.soft.net>
To: dberansky@ucsd.edu
CC: "'www-international@w3.org'" <www-international@w3.org>
Dmitry Beransky wrote:

> By the same scheme, why not use TF or TFN (telephone number)?  It's an
> unusual abbreviation, but people will get used to it as they got used to
> http, ftp, etc.

For a radical suggestion:why not dial://

>
>
> Dmitry Beransky
>
> On Thu, 25 Jun 1998, Carrasco Benitez Manuel wrote:
>
> > I was under the impression that the more usual abbreviation for
> > TELEVISION is TV.
> >
> > Regards
> > Tomas
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From:       Mike Brenner [SMTP:mfb@spectre.mitre.org]
> > > Sent:       25 June 1998 14:56
> > > To: www-international@w3.org
> > > Subject:    RE> In which languages are PHONE and TEL ambiguous
> > >
> > >
> > > Starting with English: TEL is quite ambiguous. We just started
> > > connecting all the cable televisions in America to the Internet.
> > > For forty dollars a month you can get a million bits per second
> > > unlimited Internet access as well as a hundred cable channels on
> > > the same wire. When the price gets cut down to twenty dollars, we
> > > are all probably going to buy this service. TEL means more
> > > TELEVISION than TELEPHONE in the United States.
> > >
> > > However, PHONE is not ambiguous in English speaking countries after
> > > the dialect was standardized by the movie ET in which the
> > > Extra-Terrestrial
> > > says the famous line: ET Phone Home.
> > >
> > > This clearly established the opinion of our primary grammarian
> > > (Hollywood) that PHONE is a verb that means to press the buttons
> > > on the telephone.
> > >
> > > ----------------------------------------------------------------
> > >
> > > Here is a question: how would having a PHONE:
> > > distinguish between locally sending tones out of a locally
> > > connected modem versus requesting an external service from
> > > a service provider?
> > >
> > > Mike Brenner    mikeb@mitre.org
> >
> >



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- Hari.
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