from an IM conversation with the master of
spudart.org on 10/6/2006
mm: Another thing i can’t stand. When people use dots in their phone
number instead of dashes. DRIVES ME NUTS! IT AIN’T NO IP ADDRESS!
em: It’s a visual thing. people like to use dots because it’s the simpliest
and cleanest way to show a phone number.
mm: It’s not the simplest and cleanest. Look: 312.555.1212 vs.
312-555-1212. Look at how nice the numbers are sepearated with dashes.
Besides, dots are periods. It’s confusing.
em: periods, dots, whatever. I’m talking based on the formal qualities of
the period versus dashes. Dots are smaller than dashes. The dashes play a
larger role in the number. Dots don’t get in the way
mm: there is a reason why they chose dashes when phone numbers were first
invented. Notice, they did not pick periods when they invented phone
numbers. I wonder why… it’s cuz dashes make more sense, that’s why
em: i agree with what you’re saying. i actually prefer to use parens and
then dashes (312) 555-1212. that is the universal system and everyone should
mm: oh, that is nice
em: visually, it’s not as minimalist, but it serves a function. It’s really
about form vs. function. people who use all periods are form nuts. people
who use dashes are in-between. they like the simple form of the dashes, but
the dashes serve the function better than periods. People who use parens and
a dash are function nuts.
mm: wait, i have to alter this. People who use periods are stupid.
em: whoa, chocolate shakes!