[LibX] in Firefox 3.5 LibX is underlining phone number as if they were ISBN

Victoria Lin weilin at hulmail.harvard.edu
Thu Jan 28 10:53:53 PST 2010


it worked after I clicked "Update Cues", thanks,


On Thu, 28 Jan 2010 13:46:07 -0500, Godmar Back wrote
> I thought we had excluded the phone number pattern xxx-xxx-xxxx ...
> let me check ... no - that safe guard didn't make it through the last
> refactoring when we introduced hot-updatable cues ... I just now 
> added it back in, so now xxx-xxx-xxxx should not be hyperlinked even 
> if its checksum indicates a valid ISBN. You must "Update Cues" or 
> wait 24 hours to see that and open a new window.
> 
> ISBN's hyphenation instructions
> 
>
(http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/isbn/international/hyphenation-instructions.asp
> ) state (correct me if I'm wrong) that properly hyphenated 10-ISBNs
> have a hyphen after the first digit, so no properly hyphenated ISBN
> will be missed by us excluding phone numbers in this way.
> 
>  - Godmar
> 
> On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM, Matthias Liffers
> <matthias.liffers at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi Victoria (and list),
> >
> > As far as I'm aware, LibX runs each 10-digit number it finds past a
> > little piece of code that sees if it follows the proper ISBN format.
> > Some technical information about this format is available:
> >
> > http://www.geo.unizh.ch/~uruetsch/docs/isbn.html
> >
> > There's at least one online utitlity that checks the numerical
> > validity of ISBNs. I've run both the numbers you've provided through
> > it, and they are both valid according to the numerical specification:
> >
> > http://www.isbn-check.de/checkisbn.pl?isbn=617-496-8294&submit=testen&lang=en
> > http://www.isbn-check.de/checkisbn.pl?isbn=617-495-2452&submit=testen&lang=en
> >
> > This is just unfortunate coincidence.  Every 10-digit number has a
> > chance of being valid according to ISBN standards, and some of your
> > phone numbers simply are.
> >
> > I imagine it would be technically feasible to modify LibX so that it
> > checks every single numerically-valid 10-digit number against a
> > central database of ISBNs. This is probably not a very smart idea,
> > because the Internet isn't always very fast.
> >
> > With tongue firmly in cheek, I suggest you change your phone numbers
> > to include either area codes or your country code so that they are no
> > longer 10 digits :-D
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Matthias Liffers
> >
> > 2010/1/28 Victoria Lin <weilin at hulmail.harvard.edu>:
> >> Hi, we just noticed that when using Firefox 3.5, LibX is underlining some
> >> phone numbers in our staff directory because it thinks they are ISBN
> >> numbers. For example on
> >> http://hcl.harvard.edu/staff_directory/browse.cfm?ld_id=8
> >> 617-496-8294 and 617-495-2452 are underlined, while other phone numbers are
> >> not.
> >>
> >> our libx is version 1.5.13 rebuilt on Jan 25, 2010, I tested the old
> >> versions, happens there too. Could not replicate in IE.
> >>
> >> thanks,
> >>
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> >> Victoria Lin
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Victoria Lin
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