[whatwg] Changing punctuation value of input element in telephone state

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Apr 6 16:10:27 PDT 2010

On Tue, 6 Apr 2010, Davis Peixoto wrote:
> Thing is UA is allowed to do that, but without clear rules, this can be 
> a mess. If for date and time, where we have a lot of formats and 
> standards for internationalization, how can UA specify and be no type 
> mismatch, if we do not have any standard about phone numbers?
> I mean, american format differs a lot from brazilian, which differs a 
> lot from indian, which differs from... you got it.
> But it would be great if this kind of data becomes part of i18n 
> packages, meaning that any user, with a UA tunned to its native language 
> can input that, and let it do the job, like for date and time.
> However, not like date, which is a fixed number, phones can vary a lot 
> from one region to region in length, and prefixes.
> I think this is open to UA devs and RFC writers to take care, but I am 
> not sure if these statements will be useful someday at all due this lack 
> of pattern among regions.

If there was a true standard, then the spec would refer to that, but as 
you say, it's very varied in practice.

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