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Re: Ameri-centric web forms: credit card forms, etc

From: Asmus Freytag <asmusf@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 19:39:19 -0700
Message-Id: <6.1.2.0.2.20040923193315.054dfb80@pop.ix.netcom.com>
To: "Chris Haynes" <chris@harvington.org.uk>,<www-international@w3.org>

At 12:53 AM 9/20/2004, Chris Haynes wrote:

>555 555 5555  has always worked for me!
>
>(OT note:  There was at one time a problem with audiences noting the phone
>numbers used in movies and dialling those numbers. The former 'Bell System'
>allocated '555' to Hollywood for use on-screen, and it will never be used as a
>real code. Watch US movies and TV shows carefully - it's still the area code
>they use.)

It's actually not the area code, but the next three digits that are of 
interest.
Using a non-workable '555' there prevents people from trying the on-screen 
number
in *their* area code.

There's at least one movie in which one of the characters attempts to prove 
that
he's in the movie by noting that fact.

A./

PS: A good source of address format information should be the CLDR (common 
locale
data repository) http://www.unicode.ord/cldr/ but I haven't checked whether 
they
got around to adding that kind of information to the repository yet. Worth 
checking.
They are constantly adding to what they collect.

Maybe the 555 should be assigned to a 'fictional' locale? ;-) 
Received on Friday, 24 September 2004 02:38:38 GMT

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