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This may exist, but I didn't find it and don't know where to start.

It often happens that an on-screen document contains a phone number. This may be a web page, a word processor document, a PDF or whatever.

Most phones, as far as I am aware, can use tone-dialling via their microphone - i.e. if you play the right sequence of tone-pairs to the phone, it will dial the number (assuming its in dial mode).

I'd like to see, therefore, an operating-system-level widget that, when some key combination is pressed, beeps out the numerical component of any text that's currently selected in the active document. Holding your phone up to the computer's speakers would then accomplish dialment.

That is all. This idea terminates here.

MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 11 2017

javsxcript keyboard; just have the js search fior phone numbers then play them http://danielstern....io/jukeboxjs/#/demo
[beanangel, Apr 11 2017]

DTMF javascript https://github.com/substack/touchtone
[beanangel, Apr 11 2017]


       Hmm. Firefox has no suitable appendage, and my OS (OSX) doesn't advertise such a function...
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 11 2017

       Will do. Meanwhile, somebody somewhere ought to invent the computer. All I've got at the moment is a machine that has to be told how to do practically everything.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 11 2017

       Well, you chose to get married... "Can't help you, Sundance ..."
8th of 7, Apr 11 2017

       As far as HTML applications go there is already a javascript that produces DTMF (phone tones) in javascript. just have the javascript search for the phone numbers.
beanangel, Apr 11 2017

       Yes, but who wants to do that? I just want, in the menu of most applications and in my OS, an item that says "dial selection".
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 11 2017

       My Psion used to do this from its contacts app back in the 1990s
pocmloc, Apr 11 2017

       More deserving of pity than condemnation, wethinks ...
8th of 7, Apr 11 2017

       Wouldn't it be quicker optically? No low lever OS patch necessary.
wjt, Apr 13 2017

       Most phones don't have an optical pickup for dialing signals.
notexactly, Apr 13 2017

       Hang on, this idea is sensible, would save time, is inexpensive, and has no significant flaws that would lead to explosions, loss of life, etc. What's going on?
hippo, Apr 13 2017

       Or if the cellphone isn't used, the intermediary DTMF sounds are made and contact info recorded.   

       Most work desktop phones are now IP phones. Wouldn't the computer just remotely dial the the phone. Office noise is a problem.
wjt, Apr 13 2017

       One of the more important problems in telephony is being able to distinguish between DTMF and DTF.   

       Sorry, doesn't Skype and other comm tools already do this?
theircompetitor, Apr 13 2017

       //What's going on?//   

       I think the problem is that // this idea is sensible, would save time, is inexpensive, and has no significant flaws that would lead to explosions, loss of life, etc.//   

       //Wouldn't it be quicker optically?// Actually that's not a bad idea either. There should be a simple app that can capture a number from the camera - just like barcode scanner apps capture barcodes - and then dial it if the user confirms.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 13 2017

       That's god to know, [Irma].
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 15 2017


       "These aren't the codes you're looking for ..."   

8th of 7, Apr 15 2017


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