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How Address Search Works

What are address errors?

Wouldn’t is be great if every customer typed in their address in the exact way that you need it –   standardised, correctly spelt and in the language you need.  But just how often do users get addresses wrong, what types of errors do they make and how does it affect the search results in address auto-complete . 

... and how do you fix them?

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OK, not technically errors, but probably the most common difference between what a customer will type compared to what is actually in a valid address. We cover everything from Av (Avenue) to Str (straße) to C/ (Calle de).

Address validation - abbreviations
Address Validation - unicode and non-latin alphabets

Non-latin alphabets (Unicode)

A global address lookup needs a global alphabet. We can search with all Unicode characters and you can choose to display your results in the local character set or English.


We never cease to be amazed by the range of errors found as typed, from the common (an "m" instead of "nn") to the downright strange.

Address validation - typos
Address Validation - numbers


Whether a customer misses a house or flat number completely, misses a part of it or adds a few too many, our fuzzy searching will get you to the correct address faster than any other solution.

Missing or extra characters

Adding extra characters or missing them out is an understandably common problem, especially on a tablet or smartphone. It's easy to make typing errors in small address forms even sitting still but when many people shop on the move, it's even easier for finger-slips to happen, but our search function is so predictive it should still get you to the right address result with fewer keystrokes.

Address Validation - different order

Non standard ordering

Our algorithms can see beyond the standard format no matter if it's a zip-code before the street, start with the town or put the street before the house number.


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