[Talk-ca] Preferred phone number format

OSM Volunteer stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Mon Feb 5 04:49:15 UTC 2018


On Feb 4, 2018, at 8:37 PM, Matthew Darwin <matthew at mdarwin.ca> wrote:
> Just an update on this activity.

Again, nice work!

> Here are the top 20 tags as of ~4pm ET Sunday:
> 
>   10669 phone"+#-###-###-####
>    4392 phone"+# ###-###-####
>    4206 phone"###-###-####
>    2970 phone"+# ### ### ####
>    2540 phone"+# ### ###-####
>    2451 phone"(###) ###-####
>    1076 phone"##########
>     659 phone"+# ### #######
>     547 fax"+#-###-###-####
>     522 contact:phone"+#-###-###-####
>     516 phone"+###########
>     456 phone"#-###-###-####
>     446 phone"### ### ####
>     378 fax"+# ###-###-####
>     283 contact:phone"### ###-####
>     260 phone"+# (###) ###-####
>     200 fax"+###########
>     186 phone"### ###-####
>     170 phone"(###)###-####
>     162 fax"+# ### ###-####

I'd appreciate others to chime in about this, but it seems where dashes and space characters overlap (are the only difference in format), those can be conflated together.  I'm not sure whether dash or space ends up as "the winner," but this should reduce the number of categories.

As you consider additional conflations, you may be able to do this again and again, getting it down to a fairly small number of formats.  I urge additional feedback (here would be good) before additional conflations, but (I keep saying it):  nice work.

SteveA


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