Features Incorporated: International Options Phone & Date Formats

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Features Incorporated: International Options Phone & Date Formats

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Jon Short from the Sydney 38 Next, the first Crew Manager International customer inquired in this post about texting features, and if they would work in Australia. Some research indicated that it was possible using a 3rd party Email to SMS text gateway, but unlike the US not all mobile carriers offer this as a free service. Additionally Jon requested date format modification consistent with that used in Australia (e.g. US - m/d/Y becomes AUS d/m/Y).

These requests resulted in a Crew Manager update with new software baseline 2.12.0 released 10 January 2021. The following describes the updates:
  1. There is now an International Options page under the Crew Manager settings menu in WordPress Admin. The menu allows the Skipper to select the following options to customize their site. Sites without options selected default to the US standard so no changes are required for existing sites.
    • Enable Mobile Carrier and Email to SMS Text - Using the Mobile Carrier Dropdown & SMS Text Enable Show or Hide options, Crew are provided in their user profile a dropdown to select their mobile carrier and check a box to optionally have emails converted to SMS text. This provides text messages in addition to email for event notifications, new posts and results sent. If set to hidden, the profile dropdown and checkbox are hidden and no emal to SMS notifications are sent. Note: Mobile carriers in some countries (e.g. Australia as an example) lack no cost email to SMS gateways, thus preventing this feature from working.
    • Enable Mobile Carrier Country Selection - Using the Enable Mobile Carrier Country Selection Show or Hide options, Crew are provided in their user profile a dropdown to select their mobile carrier country. This formats the mobile phone display and prefixes the country code with the phone number for SMS texting.
    • Set Boat Homeport Country - Using the Select Boat Homeport Country dropdown, various labels and parameters such as National Sailing Authority and associated links are updated based on the selection.
    • Adjust Day/Month Display Format - Using the Adjust Day/Month Display Format dropdown, select the day/month format desired for display on the various pages and emails generated by Crew Manager.
    • Adjust Day/Month/Year Display Format - Using the Adjust Day/Month/Year Display Format dropdown, select the Day/Month/Year format desired for display on the various pages and emails generated by Crew Manager.
  2. User profiles are adjusted based on the International options selected. If enabled, a dropdown to select the mobile carrier country code is displayed, and the format of the saved mobile number displayed adjusts to that countries standards. Similarly the SMS texting options in a users profile are enabled (visible) or disabled (hidden) in a users profile. The label for the National Sailing Body (e.g US Sailing, Australia Sailing) and associated link is updated based on the country selected on the International Options page and defaults to US if no selection is made.
  3. The Crew Roster displays the mobile number in the format for the country selected by each user, and defaults to US (401) 555-1212 if no format is selected. The SMS display check box is visible or hidden depending on the International Options select and defaults to visible if not selected.
  4. Dates are displayed in the selected country standards using short form m/d or m/d/Y formats on the following - Calendar, Results, Regatta Registration Status, and popup displays on mouse over. Other pages use the long form date (January 2nd) with no format changes.
  5. A date/time clock with the time zone as selected in Crew Manager Modify Settings is displayed on the desktop header for each site.
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