Re: telephone number formats

Subject: Re: telephone number formats
From: Max Wyss <prodok -at- PRODOK -dot- CH>
Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 18:39:53 +0200


the period as separator is _very unusual_ in Europe (definitely in German
speaking countries; France could have used periods).

Normal is a space. In Germany, everything is grouped in twos, beginning at
the right of the number, which are separated with narrow spaces. Austria is
about the same as Germany, and Switzerland has, from the right, two groups
of two, then one group of three. The area code is between parentheses,
unless the international writing is used. In Germany and Austria, you may
find that the base number and the extension are separated with a hyphen.

In Ialian brochures I often see the whole subscriber number unformatted in
one string.

It is however correct to write out a number with +country code, as the
international access code can be different from country to country.

Hope, this can help.

Max Wyss
PRODOK Engineering AG
Technical documentation and translations, Electronic Publishing
CH-8906 Bonstetten, Switzerland

Fax: +41 1 700 20 37
e-mail: mailto:prodok -at- prodok -dot- ch or 100012 -dot- 44 -at- compuserve -dot- com

Bridging the Knowledge Gap


>In Europe (and more and more in Canada), telephone numbers are written as
>The plus symbol indicates that everything to the right of the plus is the
>actual recipient telephone number. Anything to the left of the plus sign
>relates to the international dialing procedures which vary from country to
>country. For example, when in France, one dials 00 for an international
>line, then the full phone number. Written out in documentation, this can
>be written 00+1.604.555.1212
>The subscriber number format varies by country. In Canada and the US
>(country code 1), it is a 3 digit number area code followed by a separator
>character, then a 3 digit exchange prefix, another separator character and
>a final 4 digits. For example, +1.604.555.1212
>In France, the phone numbers are all 10 digits in length, broken up into
>sets of two digits. For example, +
>Again, in Europe and increasingly in Canada, the period is used as the
>separator. In the U.S., the dash is used.
>That's all I know folks. If there is something official, I'd sure like to
>know where it is.
>Every man has two nations, and one of them is France. -Benjamin Franklin
>Vive la France. Vive le Canada
>Dave Scott
>mailto:dscott -at- ibm -dot- net
>From: Schrank, Kelly (TAMPA) <schrank -at- TAMPA -dot- GENPHYSICS -dot- COM>
>Subject: Re: telephone number formats
>Date: 27 May, 1998 07:13
>>From what I've seen in dealing with other countries, there are no
>dashes, just spaces between.
>For example:
>03 98 76 54
>03 being country code
>98, 76, and 54 being the rest of the phone number
>> ----------
>> From: Walter Hanig[SMTP:walter -dot- hanig -at- NETMANAGE -dot- COM]
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 1998 5:15 PM
>> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>> Subject: telephone number formats
>> Anyone know where I can find "standard formats" for various countries'
>> telephone numbers. I know that most places use something other than
>> 1(ddd)ddd-dddd, but I hate to depend on examples found at commercial
>> web sites.
>> Thanks for your help.
>> Walter
>> Walter Hanig
>> NetManage, Inc.
>> 12651 High Bluff Drive
>> San Diego, CA 92130, USA
>> Phone: 619-793-3173 FAX: 619-755-3998
>> e-mail: walter -dot- hanig -at- netmanage -dot- com wdhanig -at- rice -dot- edu
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