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Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind



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This section is very important for ensuring that address data can be stored consistently and that it can be output in the correct format. An incorrect, ugly or culturally insensitive address format can mean the difference between the envelope being opened or disposed of. Some countries have built strict and extensive rules dictating address format to allow postal discounts and speedy delivery. Others have few rules if any. Where the rules are clear, these are outlined in the section Address format. Where the rules are unclear or unknown, an Example address format is provided to give at least an indication of formatting.

In these sections, the words street address refer to the part of the address which contains the thoroughfare type, the thoroughfare name and the building number. The term thoroughfare is used to indicate the thoroughfare name and type together. So, in the example:

   12 Green Street

the 12 is the building number, Green is the thoroughfare name, and Street is the thoroughfare type. The thoroughfare in this case is Green Street.

In the address formats, country names positions are not provided except where they are written in any position other than on the last line of the address. The format of the country name is often dependent on the country from which the mail is being sent.


Strings between square brackets ([]) should be typed exactly as written.

Fields or strings between curly brackets ({}) may or may not appear in an address.

The casing of the text indicates the casing of the address. Thus “Thoroughfare” cases, for example, as “Green Lane”, “thoroughfare” cases, for example, as “rue” whilst “SETTLEMENT” cases, for example, as “LONDON”.

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