[talk-au] State names

Michael Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Sun Jun 24 08:16:26 UTC 2018

I assume we are specifically talking about addr:state 
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:addr:state> ? If so the 
connotation is on the state as part of a postal address rather than as a 
place per se. Therefore I suggest using capitalised abbreviation and 
that the document Warin quotes is authoritative. The wiki page also 
notes that US states are similarly treated.



Randomly looking at Queensland as place=state, I see that ref=QLD is 
already set as well as short_name, so there is a link that can be used 
in computational processing.


And thinking on it, perhaps there are no other active uses? I used to 
use is_in a lot, but I don't think it is in widespread use any more.


On 2018-06-24 08:43, Warin wrote:
> On 24/06/18 16:20, Graeme Fitzpatrick wrote:
>> G'day
>> The latest (?) upgrade to iD reformatted the address fields to suit 
>> Oz addresses & also introduced a State field to be entered.
>> Question & policy decision needed here please :-)
>> Queensland / Qld / QLD?
>> How should we be entering our State names?
> Well the 'rules' for names say no abbreviations.
> Much as we commonly use the abbreviations... for me the abbreviation 
> is Qld.
> But Australia Post wants capitals .. I suppose they are easier for the 
> machines to read them?
> See page 24 (26 on the PDF reader) on 
> https://auspost.com.au/content/dam/auspost_corp/media/documents/australia-post-addressing-standards-1999.pdf
> There you  go, an 'all ways' bet. :)
>  I'd go no abbreviation.
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