Testing for UPU International Addressing Standard
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 18:26:52 -0600 From: Joe Lubenow <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: UPU International Addressing Standard
On November 4, 2002, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Standards Board, meeting in Bern, Switzerland, approved testing of an international postal addressing standard developed with the contributions of the European standards organization CEN, the UPU POST*Code project, the UPU Direct Mail Advisory Board, the USPS sponsored International Address Templates Working Group (IATWG), and the IDEAlliance Address Data Interchange Specification (ADIS) project.
The standard is being edited for publication and will soon be available from the UPU.
The USPS was represented at the POST*Code meeting by Mike Garner as the chair of the Technical Committee, and will participate in the testing using templates developed by Mabel Grein and Mike Garner and the IDEAlliance ADIS prototype software that can produce address renditions based on parsed input elements. The UPU Direct Mail Advisory Board is led by Bob Michelson of USPS.
At IDEAlliance, the ADIS working group will now develop an updated version of the ADIS specification that fully supports the UPU standard at the element level, at the template level, and with respect to rendition instructions. This is accomplished by supporting the Postal Address Template Description Language version 2.0, which is included in the UPU standard as a means to describe the templates in XML. The participating countries will also describe their templates in natural language, though the XML format has the advantage that it can be directly imported into software. The UPU standard defines name and address elements, while ADIS also supports mail production elements. For this reason, ADIS offers a value added approach to implementation of the UPU standard, particularly for business mailers. The ADIS Working Group is chaired by Joe Lubenow, with Mabel Grein, Phil Thompson and Noel Wickham as vice-chairs.