I've got some pages on an intranet that show numerical rates to 4 decimal places, eg 147.1453. When these pages are viewed on an iPad, some of these rates appear underlined and clicking on them causes the iPad to offer to create a new contact, or add to an existing contact. Clearly it thinks that the text represents a phone number (which it doesn't really, as we're in the UK and phone numbers are not formatted with periods).

Is there a way to stop this happening - either with meta-data we can put in the web pages, or by changing some setting in our iPads?

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In the <head> of your web pages, add:

<meta name="format-detection" content="telephone=no" />

There's lots more where this came from at Apple URL Scheme Reference: Phone Links.

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    Just tried this, works a treat. Many thanks! I had a feeling there would be some meta-way to turn this off. :-)
    – robsoft
    Commented Sep 7, 2010 at 10:21
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    Here @Dori, take this badge! :P Commented Dec 30, 2010 at 16:49
  • that worked for me too, but not on iPod 1st Generation's Safari. Is there any specific tag for that old browser?
    – user21817
    Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 7:24

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