[Talk-ca] Preferred phone number format

Matthew Darwin matthew at mdarwin.ca
Mon Feb 5 22:17:36 UTC 2018

 From the wiki, I am proposing this format specifically:

(phone=+<country code>-<area code>-<local number>, following the RFC 
3966/NANP <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NANP> pattern)

However, convert that to "contact:phone=" instead.

The reason I like the one with hypens (vs spaces) is that when you add 
additional comments in the field as in "+1-800-555-1234 (toll-free)" 
or use the letters instead of numbers "+1-555-GOT-BEER" the hypens 
make it much more clear what is part of the phone number and what is not.

On 2018-02-05 05:02 PM, OSM Volunteer stevea wrote:
> Hey, a discussion for multi-contact and phone tag semantics-meets-syntax.  Excellent!
> Note how our tag:phone wiki https://wiki.osm.org/wiki/Key:phone hews pretty strongly to ITU-T E.164.  That is a goal to shoot for, as what it calls "user agents" is what I referred to as "a phone number parser."  There is some caution ("not voted on just documentation of use") about country-specific usage, should Canada fully embrace something unique.
> I can also imagine a "sweeper script" (specific to Canada geographically, if you wish) which does selecting-new-and-possibly-unorthodox phone numbers getting run once in a while, say twice a year, to keep a checking eye on things.  That could be a short Overpass Turbo script plus a few minutes of human analysis similar to the sort you (Matthew) are doing now.
> Like mowing the lawn, as I think about it.  Sure, I had to buy a lawnmower and I even sharpen the blades now and then.  So, the task is easy.
> SteveA
> California

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