[Talk-us] New I.D Feature

Elliott Plack elliott.plack at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 04:17:57 UTC 2014

Thinking more on this, and using my experience in the foursquare superuser
editing community, trying to have a single "state" type entity is really
quite hard to scale globally. Political boundaries and administrative
levels vary all over the world, and trying to establish a single name for a
smaller political unit than the country is really challenging. State?
Province? Municipality? There are many names for what a US State is (if you
can really compare it out), and so to use addr:state does seem fairly USA

Before the state showed up in iD, I had assumed someone could just easily
derive the US state from the postal code.

Perhaps the tag should be addr:us_state?



On Thu Nov 06 2014 at 4:24:14 PM Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>

> On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM, Shawn K. Quinn <skquinn at rushpost.com>
> wrote:
>> In the case of US state and Canadian province abbreviations, there is a
>> 1:1 correspondence with no ambiguity. Elsewhere this may or may not be
>> the case. That said, using the USPS abbreviations in the US makes the
>> most sense to me, as that is the format most of us who mail things with
>> any regularity are used to writing and seeing addresses in. I realize
>> it's an exception to the "don't abbreviate" rule but it does make some
>> sense at least to me.
> +1
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