iPhone Number Conversion

17 Jun 2009 - 1:39pm
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Marty DeAngelo
2007

Does anyone know how you can PREVENT the iPhone from taking a string
of numbers and trying to convert it to a phone number? I know that
there are ways to code a link as a phone number, but we have several
strings of numbers on a mobile site that we want to prevent from
being converted to a useless phone number.

I did some searching, but couldn't find anything relevant.

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17 Jun 2009 - 4:04pm
Phil
2008

Just add the meta-tag

to the header of the webpages. if you use it, you have then to
actually specify all intended phone-numbers.

Full documentation here:
http://developer.apple.com/iphone/library/featuredarticles/iPhoneURLScheme_Reference/Articles/PhoneLinks.html

HTH,
Phil

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17 Jun 2009 - 4:06pm
Phil
2008

Just add the meta-tag

to the header of the webpages. if you use it, you have then to
actually specify all intended phone-numbers.

Full documentation here:
http://developer.apple.com/iphone/library/featuredarticles/iPhoneURLScheme_Reference/Articles/PhoneLinks.html

HTH,
Phil

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17 Jun 2009 - 3:09pm
Marty DeAngelo
2007

Thanks - just what we needed (at least for now). Hopefully we can find a
method that allows us to be selective versus turning the detection on or off
for the whole page, but for the particular project this is a fine fix.
Marty

On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 2:54 PM, Weyert de Boer <wdb at innerfuse.biz> wrote:

> Hey Marty,
>
> Have a look at this website:
>
> https://developer.apple.com/safari/library/codinghowtos/mobile/userExperience/index.html
> #GENERAL-DISABLE_AUTOMATIC_DETECTION_OF_PHONE_NUMBERS_IN_WEBPAGES
>
> Yours,
> Weyert de Boer
>
>

17 Jun 2009 - 4:22pm
Marty DeAngelo
2007

Just a small update. Another IxDA'er (Phil) sent me a link that offered up
additional information. Using the tel: scheme, you can force a link to
register as a phone number.
<a href="tel:1-408-555-5555">1-408-555-5555</a>

The solution to include the "tel:" scheme is good for mobile-only sites.
Nowever, if your site is dual-use, this scheme still appears as a link on
the site - although most (if not all) browsers don't know what to do with it
(I guess that if you use Skype or similar, there might be changes made
to accommodate, but I'm not sure).

Still, it's an option to explore further to see if there's a solution that
can handle both screen and mobile situations.

Marty
Director, UX
Digitas Health

On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 4:09 PM, Marty DeAngelo <martytdx at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks - just what we needed (at least for now). Hopefully we can find a
> method that allows us to be selective versus turning the detection on or off
> for the whole page, but for the particular project this is a fine fix.
> Marty
>
>
> On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 2:54 PM, Weyert de Boer <wdb at innerfuse.biz> wrote:
>
>> Hey Marty,
>>
>> Have a look at this website:
>>
>> https://developer.apple.com/safari/library/codinghowtos/mobile/userExperience/index.html
>> #GENERAL-DISABLE_AUTOMATIC_DETECTION_OF_PHONE_NUMBERS_IN_WEBPAGES
>>
>> Yours,
>> Weyert de Boer
>>
>>
>

20 Jun 2009 - 9:32am
Marty DeAngelo
2007

Phil, I think that the combo solution (disable auto, add the tel: tag to
actual phone numbers) is the way we will go.
FYI - it's not the phone numbers we're worried about - it's other 6- and 8-
digit numbers that AREN'T phone numbers that appear as links on the iPhone
but go nowhere. We didn't want to have something look like a link when it
wasn't and frustrate the user. The solution posed above solves this.

Thanks again to those who provided those links.

Marty DeAngelo
Director, UX
Digitas Health

On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 10:04 AM, Phil <phil at 7gradplus.de> wrote:

> Just add the meta-tag
>
>
>
> to the header of the webpages. if you use it, you have then to
> actually specify all intended phone-numbers.
>
> Full documentation here:
>
> http://developer.apple.com/iphone/library/featuredarticles/iPhoneURLScheme_Reference/Articles/PhoneLinks.html
>
> HTH,
> Phil
>
>
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