Related question: Asking location in the UK
My issue is as follows: I am developing a directory of sorts for places in the UK. Many places in the UK have the same name and as such I need to distinguish them in some way. I thought I could distinguish them based on their county, but this is where things get complex.
The article http://county-wise.org.uk/counties/county-confusion/ outlines county confusion. Basically there are numerous different things that people consider 'counties'. As outlined in the article above, they propose that one use the 'historical counties' as they will not change.
The problem I have found with this is that this simply is not what people are used to.
For example, in my mind:
- Stoke Newington is in Hackney (local government area - specifically a London borough)
- Leeds is in West Yorkshire (ceremonial county)
- Headingley is in Leeds (local government area - specifically unitary authority)
So using local goverment areas seems the most promising, but they are also the most prone to change. If a goverment area changes I need to keep track of it (for a start), and then change all my permalinks for all establishments in that area.
There is also the user experience issue that the local goverment area for Leeds is … Leeds. So a user would see "Establishment A, Leeds, Leeds" which could be confusing.
If I were to use historical counties,
- Stoke Newington is in Middlesex
- Headingley is in Yorkshire
- Leeds is in Yorkshire
In my mind all of those are wrong.
If I use ceremonial counties,
- Stoke Newington is in Greater London,
- Headingley is in West Yorkshire
- Leeds is in West Yorkshire
This is just about manageable but the link above mentiones issues with the ceremonial counties as well, and it still does not resolve the issue that people will be expecting (and searching) Stoke Newington, Hackney etc.
Does anyone have any advice on the most optimal, least confusing setup for a good user experience?