One of the frus­tra­tions I have with fill­ing out my address in web forms is the postal code field. Often, it is not a prob­lem, but reg­u­lar­ly, there are prob­lems. For exam­ple, a form for a US-based com­pa­ny may indi­cate they accept Cana­di­an address­es, but their zip code field is restrict­ed to five char­ac­ters (the length of a basic US zip code). Anoth­er exam­ple is a field that restricts the input to six char­ac­ters.

Here is an exam­ple of a Cana­di­an postal code:

T0K 0K0

Notice the space. That is the stan­dard for­mat: three-char­ac­ter pat­tern, space, three-char­ac­ter pat­tern. That is sev­en char­ac­ters.

Please let me enter the postal code how I want, and at the very least in the stan­dard for­mat set by Cana­da Post.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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