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    Is there one? You guys are always talking above my head. But I do have a question for you Alphalohics, which will be simple to you. How do use this function to return a 5 digit zip code?

    ZipCode as C = USPS_ZipCode_Lookup( Address1 as C, City as C, State as C [, Address2 as C [, Urbanization as C [, Zip5 as C ]]] )

    Just finish this so it will return a 5 digit zip code

    ? usps_zipcode_lookup("111 some st","anycity","anystate")

    that's if it had a real address. It works fine returning the 9 digit zip, but I haven't been able to finish it to truncate to the five digit zip


  • #2
    Re: Novice forum

    How about

    left(usps_zipcode_lookup("Any Address","Any City","Any State"),5)


    • #3
      Re: Novice forum

      Originally posted by gskelton View Post
      Is there one?
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      • #4
        Re: Novice forum

        That definitely works, but I thought it was built into the function using the
        Zip5 as C
        at the end of the function


        • #5
          Re: Novice forum


          I thought so too, but evidently, it doesn't. I had never used it before because if I need 5 digit zip code only, I would calculate it with the left function. Never really thought to use the ZIP5.

          It also could have been a change in what the Post Office returns, they may have been the one to do away with the ZIP5 opting for the 9 digit which most mailer use. This is what I really think happened.

          Similarly, United Parcel changed something in the code necessary to track a package - It was fixed by Alpha, I think in Version 9 (may have been V10) to the new structure and it is again working. If you try it in version 8 it does not work.

          Alpha is at the mercy of the USPS on this one I think.




          • #6
            Re: Novice forum

            That explains that. Thanks for the info. I thought I was not typing it in right. Just for my own curiosity, how exactly is the correct way to use the zip5 function (if it worked) in the usps_zipcode_lookup function.


            • #7
              Re: Novice forum


              I think (just think) that "5" would have truncated it to 5 Digits - but since there is nothing in the help file - that is only a guess.



              • #8
                Re: Novice forum

                The help file wasn't too helpful. They gave 3 examples that were all the same except the address was different. No example using address 2, urbanization or zip5. They need to elaborate more by using all examples for all variations of the function.


                • #9
                  Re: Novice forum


                  I'm with you there. Maybe something for the wishlist or the Wiki.