[thelist] U.S. Cities

David Kaufman david at gigawatt.com
Fri Aug 12 08:11:55 CDT 2005

Anthony <apwebdesign at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Dena Marchant <dmarchand at verizon.net> wrote:
>> I'm wondering if there is a service that can take a
>> string that is the name of a [U.S.] city and tell you
>> whether it is valid?
>I personally would ask for zip code, and then lookup
> the city/state for the user, with a confirmation
> screen:
> http://www.usps.com/webtools/address.htm

I would, too.  I'd even go so far as to make the form a two-page 
process: 1. What is your zipcode?  2. Enter your street address on a 
form now showing city, state and zip in read-only form, based on the zip 
you entered.

Of course you need a database of every city in the country to do 
this.... but you don't necessarily need to integrate with the U.S. post 
office website in eral-time -- yick.

Here's a trivial example that uses AJAX and a CSV file of about 43,000 
U.S. zipcodes to fill out the associated city and state as soon as they 
enter the zipcode!

Pretty clever, those Ajaxians, eh?


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