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?


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 Sep 7 '10 at 10:21
  • Here @Dori, take this badge! :P – Robert S Ciaccio Dec 30 '10 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? – Lado Lomidze Apr 19 '12 at 7:24

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