How Postalmethods Handles Postal Addresses
The address, provided by the user, is verified and corrected. If needed, the destination country name is added as well. The whole area of the address window is superimposed with a white rectangle, covering anything placed in that area. The corrected address is then placed in the address window, using font Arial size 9 (all uppercase), which allows six lines to fully appear through the address window. Return address is not touched.
PostalMethods searches for text appearing inside the address window and extracts it. The extracted text is parsed, verified and corrected. If necessary, the destination country name is added. In case a correction is needed, the whole are of the address window is superimposed with a white rectangle, covering anything placed in that area. The correct address is then placed inside the address window, using an Arial font of size 9 (all uppercase), which allows six lines to fully appear through the address window. The return address is not touched.
What Happens If The Address Block Is Misplaced?
Recipient Address Window
The address is extracted from the address window area. If parts of the address exceed the rectangle margins, the address may not be complete and so may fail verification.
In case the address has too many lines and cannot be fitted inside the recipient address window, PostalMethods adds an additional line at the top of the address. It may not be seen through the envelope, but since the postal scanners scans the address from bottom to top and only look for the address and not the attention lines, the letter should be delivered.
Return Address Window
The return address is used by the postal agency when the letter is undeliverable in order to return it to its sender. Since the return process is done manually by postal agency staff, the location of the return address is less strict. In case there is no valid address appearing in the return address window the letter is supposedly destroyed by the postal agency. It is highly recommended to provide a return address so that recipients would know who the sender is.
Postal agencies require the destination country to be printed in the last line on its own, unless the mail is sent nationally, in which case the country name is not required. PostalMethods adds or removes the country name according to where the mail is sent from.
In case the last row does not contain a country name PostalMethods adds the user's country as the last row. Setting your country name allows you to not include it as part of the address when you send mail to a destination in your country.
You may set the user's country in the Control Panel -> User Settings -> General tab -> Country.
When sending international mail, the last line must contain the destination country name. See list of allowed country names.