Joshua Hane asked about US/Can phone numbers of this configuration:
(999) 999.9999 and 999.999.9999
"What do you think? And, what are the other alternatives that people have
seen? I've always felt that the former connoted the idea that the area
code (first three digits) was optional, depending on whether your call
was local or long-distance.
On the other hand, the latter example has always been much cleaner,
simpler, and somehow seemed more sophisticated to me..."
My preference is strongly against this form, which I have seen here and
I am a bit tired of (999) 999-9999 and annoyed by 999-999-9999.
I like the 'stylish' 999.999.9999 and I slightly prefer 999 999 9999,
with en spaces, which equal the width of the figures, in both breaks.
Well, I tried that last option (spaces only) here and it ran afoul of the
entrenched habits of people who saw (literally, saw, that is, perceived)
phone numbers as being composed of parens and a hyphen.
I was surprised--and not a little chagrined--because I proposed this very
mild "new look" in a magazine insert card as part of a sales piece, and
not in more "traditional" copy. The piece was set in Officina with a very
unstuffy, noninstitutional look, a breath of fresh air for what we
usually do. But phone numbers are, by god, done a certain way!
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