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RE: Action item: Phone number example

From: Robinson, Norman B - Washington, DC <Norman.B.Robinson@usps.gov>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:34:51 -0400
Message-ID: <EAF95052690D174A833DC58B15AB6A8804A90985@WADCHQSXM24.usa.dce.usps.gov>
To: "Richard Ishida" <ishida@w3.org>, "Michael Cooper" <cooper@w3.org>, "List WAI GL" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_numbering_plan>  might be of
interest. Of specific note the article links to a "World Telephone
Numbering Guide" that I've used as a reference for developers. They also
include links to the official standards that might be useful instead of
the example offered in the below email.
I'd also like to encourage you to update the wikipedia article with any
relevant suggestions, for everyone's benefit.
Norman B. Robinson 
Section 508 Coordinator 
IT Governance, US Postal Service 
phone: 202.268.8246 

	-----Original Message-----
	From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org
[mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Richard Ishida
	Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 9:21 AM
	To: 'Michael Cooper'; 'List WAI GL'
	Cc: 'Richard Ishida'
	Subject: RE: Action item: Phone number example
	If you are going to use examples related to US formats for
telephone numbers, please put a note in to say that designers should
only try to split up and recognise separate parts of a telephone number
if they have very good reasons for doing so. And if they feel they do,
they must take on board that such an arrangement of fields will only
work for websites that are never used outside the US, or by US citizens
entering their US-based phone numbers.  For people outside the USA the
form will need to be localized or (probably more likely) generalised to
a single field.
	I have far too often come across websites that prevent me from
entering my phone number - often disabling my use of the entire form
submission process!  
	It would be much safer to use a non-US example here, so the US
designers get the idea that they need to be careful with this.
	Richard Ishida
	Internationalization Lead
	W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)


		From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org
[mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Michael Cooper
		Sent: 04 May 2007 17:10
		To: List WAI GL
		Subject: Action item: Phone number example
		Here is my action item on phone number format example
<http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/2007/05/03-wai-wcag-minutes.html#item11> ,
which has been approved by Sean. Here's my proposed revision:

			A U.S. phone number separates the area code,
exchange, and number into three fields. Parentheses surround the area
code field, and a dash separates the exchange and number fields. While
the punctuation provides visual clues to those familiar with the U.S.
telephone number format, the punctuation is not sufficient to label the
fields. The single "Phone number" label also cannot label all three
fields. To address this, the three fields are grouped in a <fieldset>
with the <legend> "Phone number". Visual labels for the fields (beyond
the punctuation) cannot be provided in the design, so invisible labels
are provided with the "title" attribute to each of the three fields. The
value of this attribute for the three fields are, respectively, "Area
Code", "Exchange", and "Number". 


		Michael Cooper
		Web Accessibility Specialist
		World Wide Web Consortium, Web Accessibility Initiative
		E-mail cooper@w3.org <mailto:cooper@w3.org> 
		Information Page <http://www.w3.org/People/cooper/> 


		Michael Cooper
		Web Accessibility Specialist
		World Wide Web Consortium, Web Accessibility Initiative
		E-mail cooper@w3.org <mailto:cooper@w3.org> 
		Information Page <http://www.w3.org/People/cooper/> 
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