to specify whether to use abbreviations for elements in result output.
When you set the
attribute to ON,
abbreviates an element in an input address if the reference address database contains the abbreviated form of the element. The reference data contains abbreviations for street information, such as names, descriptors, and directional values, and for locality information in several countries. Address Verification uses standard abbreviations for element descriptors.
You cannot use the
attribute to abbreviate individual address elements.
The default value of
If you set the
setting to a value other than DATABASE,
takes precedence over
for the corresponding descriptors.
ElementAbbreviation Attribute Use in Japan Addresses
When you set
to ON for Japan addresses,
can combine Street 1, Street 2, and House Number values in a single field.
can return an element result status for each value in the appropriate position in the status code, although the field that the position represents might not contain any data in the output address.
ElementAbbreviation Attribute Use in United States Addresses
When you set
to ON for United States addresses, Address Verification abbreviates any element that exceeds the character limit that the United States Postal Service specifies. For example, the United States Postal Service specifies that the Locality element can contain a maximum of thirteen characters. If a locality element exceeds thirteen characters, Address Verification abbreviates the data values in the element.
Address Verification might not abbreviate every data value in a locality element. For example, Address Verification abbreviates the locality name WEST SAINT PAUL in the following United States address to WEST ST PAUL:
1156 BELLOWS ST
WEST SAINT PAUL
Address Verification does not abbreviate WEST SAINT PAUL to W ST PAUL because WEST ST PAUL contains fewer than thirteen characters.