In June 2003, the tables of English, Scottish, and Welsh counties, which are no longer used in UK addresses, was moved out to a separate file and the UK section was modernized. The new HTML version also seems to be greatly expanded over the earlier versions, for example containing long lists of cities with postcodes for each country (e.g. ISO International Standard 11180, which provides tip sheets for addressing mail to each country.
Breathnach, Michael Everson, Mark Dyche, David Gowdy, Guy Burgess, Alan Berry, Ken Westmoreland, Jonathan Nigel, Peter Reynolds, Martin Spamer, Chris Davies, Benjamin Brundell, Mark Jolly, Liam Mc Gee, William Wallace, Andy Paterson, Sarah Woodhouse, Mark Brader, Paul Black, Bernard Treves Brown, Greg Boettcher, Peter Kirk, Michael T.
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by including long lists of cities in different countries, complete with postcodes. The line just above the country name shows the town, and sometimes the major subdivision of the country, known as the state, province, county, district, territory, land, shire, department, canton, prefecture, oblast, autonomous region, etc, depending on the country, and often a postal code to aid in automated sorting. Since the USPS does not read or care about this line (except in mail to Canada and, by some accounts, the UK), it can and should be formatted as required by the destination country. As far as I can tell, this is a recent development and is largely ignored in many of the countries that recommend it (e.g. In any case, it makes formatting and parsing international addresses all the more complicated, and might also cause addresses to exceed address-line limits, where they did not before (e.g.
A handful of national postal authorities now recommend writing postal code on a line by itself, above or below the city line (Ecuador, Ukraine, Hungary... for postal scanners, databases, forms, or window envelopes). Zsbán Ambrus reports (December 2016): For mail from abroad, the country name goes below that of course.
Thus within each country, the country name list must be well-known and standardized.