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Postal codes are not unique by country. For example the postal code 50170 appears in 10 different countries. You should ask for the country first, or at least set it as the default based on the user's current location. Also, Ireland doesn't use postal codes outside of Dublin.
My car navigation system (Tom-Tom) asks for city/zip first. This allows the system to filter down auto-complete street names in order to limit typing. I find it very helpful in speeding up the entry, and showing relevant matching street names based on just a few characters. That said, the interface breaks up each step into its own screen. First screen ...
There is no reason to add a field into a form if you dont really need that information. In e-commerce the average abandonment rate is near at 70% (contact form could have some analogies). In each guidelines for form designing, one of the main suggestions is ever to make the form as simply as possible, avoiding all unnecessary requests.
In 2010, the Post Office stopped the requirement for including County in a postal address so it is indeed not necessary to keep it for the purposes of 'a complete address'. Currently on the Post Office help system, the answer to the question Should I use a county name in my address? is: When you address your mail, you don’t need to include a county name ...
This is fairly common in the UK. A form will ask for House number then Postcode then will pre-fill the address fields with the street name/town/county and so on. Or will provide a dropdown of all the addresses in a postcode.
A zipcode cannot automatically decipher building number and street address. The best it can figure out is city and state. I would present the address in the following order. Street Address Line 1 Street Address Line 2 Zipcode City State This order is not really out of the world and still helps with the auto-complete without messing up the primary info ...
As other answerers have pointed out, the main disadvantage of asking for the zip/postal code first is it's non-standard. I've seen several applications – I cannot recall which ones – counter this disadvantage by breaking the address entry into two distinct stages. Step one: Step two: By doing this, the user doesn't experience entering the zip first as ...
I like the concept of beginning with country or zip code, and it is likely worth an experiment, yet there are some risks. Unless all users will be from the same country there may be users without zip codes. Users may be confused by an unexpected address block layout. Here is an informative article about address form UX design patterns that looks at these and ...
I think you've already listed a benefit, which is faster form completion. The average form asking for an address is usually in this order (assuming US address): Street Address 1 Street Address 2 City State ZIP Code This is the normal way mail or packages are addressed, and often times the way a person usually reads or gives out an address verbally. This ...
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