Form Internationalization Techniques
Andrew Coyle

Great article and I believe there may also be another alternative: Asking for country first and then the equivalent of a zip code may allow you to look up everything but the actual street and apartment number and automatically fill street name/direction, province/department/state/region out or at least provide dropdowns or options. Of course you need the longer alternative for those 30–40 countries that do not make use of postal codes.

This also has the benefit of reducing friction by only asking for 2 fields of information that can be useful to the organisation for marketing, production planning or shipping calculation purposes and then ask for the full address to be entered/completed at the time of a transaction which may be much later down the lifecycle of a customer interaction.

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