TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Leading Zeros?

Re: Leading Zeros?

Barry Margolin (
Wed, 16 Feb 2005 00:02:46 -0500

In article <>, AES
<> wrote:

> Are there any kind of published refs or computer standards or human
> interface guidelines on the use of leading zeros? ZIP codes use 'em,
> phone numbers don't?

If leading zeroes are intended to be significant, don't use a numeric
data type for the field. Program it as a character string, since
that's what it actually is (if you want to restrict it to digits, you
may need to write a separate validation routine for that).

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
*** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me ***

Post Followup Article Use your browser's quoting feature to quote article into reply
Go to Next message: Michael D. Sullivan: "Re: Leading Zeros?"
Go to Previous message: William Warren: "Re: Leading Zeros?"
May be in reply to: AES: "Leading Zeros?"
Next in thread: Michael D. Sullivan: "Re: Leading Zeros?"
TELECOM Digest: Home Page