Re: Seeking advice on the best way to phrase an error message?

Subject: Re: Seeking advice on the best way to phrase an error message?
From: HBacheler -at- aol -dot- com
To: ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com, ipsque -at- yahoo -dot- com
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 21:38:51 EDT

A reasonable 'default for the phone number is area code, central office,
instrument/instruments number.

for example a minimal phone number entry in the field is 8005551212.(10
No punctuation, separation, hidden meaning

Social security number 123456789 (9 digits)

I think any programmer/designer/analyst should accept this as the optimum.

There is NO DIFFERENT way you can express either of these numbers in their
minimum form

You can have 800-555-1212 - (800)555-1212 - (800) 555-1212 - 800.555.1212

You can have 123-45-6789

The dash) -, the open parenthesis (, and the close parenthesis ) are values
that can be 'skipped' in the parsing/verificatin/validation of the number.

So "I" forgot the punctuation, so what, (programmer/analyst/designer) deal
with it in your design and implementation...

Bringing back my days as a programmer/analyst/designer --- making things
easier for the customer.

Other input?


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