[ic] State issue & Paypal

Lyn St George lyn at zolotek.net
Wed May 28 00:20:27 UTC 2008

On Wednesday 28 May 2008 01:22:43 Steve Graham wrote:

> Do you know if any other Countries might have this problem with
> Paypal ? I noticed a few UK provinces listed in the state file as well.
> -Steve

This requirement for a 2 letter state code is triggered in profiles.order by 
the [if value country =~ /^(US|CA)$/i] bit. As you have a special profile for 
paypalexpress you could even remove the CA portion if you wanted, though it's 
my belief that the address reading software in both country's mail systems 
requires the 2 letter value (open to correction of someone knows better).

In the UK the postal code has granularity down to 8 or so door numbers, so all 
they take account of is the postal code and door number, possibly street, and 
they don't seem to care about abbreviations of shire or county names. Eg, 
Northumberland and NTHUMB both arrive equally well. Or if they do like to 
care they still deliver the mail anyway. And being a bit old-fashioned I 
personally prefer the full names rather than someone's idea of an 

Lyn St George
Consulting and hosting

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