Standards and sub-standards ...
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 94 11:19:33 PDT
Subject: Standards and sub-standards ...
[Thanks to a friend named Steve for passing on the guts of a Dr. Dobbs article
that deals with the reform of the phonetic alphabet used for disambiguation in
voice communications. The alphabet provided was lacking a few letters (F, N,
and S) so I filled them in and made a few other minor changes. If you have a
better idea for F, N, or S, please let me know. -psl]
Your readers might like to know that the American Sub-standards Committee
X.1.5 has recently partially approved a new phonetic alphabet for voice
communications. Here it is:
A typical example of the alphabet in use is this recent
Recording: You really can help keep your phone costs down
by looking up numbers in your phone book whenever possible.
Ma Bell: What city and number, please?
Caller: Taco Bell in San Francisco
Ma Bell: Was that "Paco Bell?"
Caller: No, "TACO". 'T' as in tsar, 'A' as in aisle, 'C'
as in czar, 'O' as in Oedipal.
Ma Bell: Was that 'C' as in czar or 'T' as in tsar?
Ma Bell: Oh.
© 1994 Peter Langston