Betr.: [ic] Chapman codes

J van Dijk 'BV Kunststoffenindustrie Attema' j.vandijk at
Fri Aug 6 07:42:23 EDT 2004

>>> mike at 6-8-04 6:28:53 >>>
> I have tried hard over the years to make Interchange at least
> friendly to non-US users and consumers.

> Nonetheless, it is common for we Americans to get bashed for being
> insensitive to the geography of other countries. Perhaps deservedly
> so in some cases, but I believe we are handicapped by the lack of
> standard convention on postal codes. Try and find an authoritative
> list of states/provinces, and see what you find.

> Probably the most common complaints are about the choices we made
> for the UK, and over time I have added numerous
> (though I am far from sure of the distinction).

> I recently ran across the Chapman codes which are usually related to
> geneology, and wonder if this type of abbreviation is accepted for
> addressing. Looking at the Royal Mail specs, it seems that it isn't
> even necessary to have a county/region/province name, just the
> town and postal code suffices.

> Should we 

> 	1) Use Chapman codes
>         2) Put in a mechanism to totally remove the state/province
>            certain countries, based on some data in the country

> Does anyone with some real knowledge know what is best?

> I guess this query is not only for the UK but for other countries.
> instance, I have a very nice list of Norwegian locales that could be
> used, but is that even appropriate?

Chapman is unknown in Holland, we use name,adress,city and postalcode,
no state/province.
Belgium uses the same syntax.

Jan van Dijk

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