TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
My guess, based on some experience at a previous firm where we did
conference calls with people in different European cities, is that the
people in Europe would understand the phone number sequence you propose.
(I'll defer opinion on the issue of the dashes to those who have previously
Probably the only people who would NOT understand it would be Americans.
Part of that is our insularity, I suppose, but part of it is that we do much
less overseas calling than do Europeans.
> From: Halter, Meg[SMTP:HalterMC -at- navair -dot- navy -dot- mil]
> Reply To: Halter, Meg
> Sent: Thursday, December 16, 1999 10:32 AM
> To: TECHWR-L
> Subject: International phone numbers
> Hello, oh Techwhirlers --
> I'm adding contact info to a document that is going out internationally.
> +1-123-345-4567 a form for a United States phone number that will be
> understood pretty much everywhere? Do I need to explain that the +1 is a
> country code, or is that common knowledge outside the US?
> Thanks for your help.
> -- Meg