Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist
jlindquist

Fucking Post Office...

I had a perfectly functional ZIP+4 lookup form on my browser default page. Then the Post Office's web people went and broke the CGI that handles it. I finally got it working again... they moved the CGI to a different hostname (zip4.usps.com,) but they also changed the fields they parse. If you use their site to fill in data, Javascript concatenates the "address1" and "address2" fields and puts the result in "address", which is what the CGI now parses. The CGI used to do that on its own.

(There is no need for me to navigate USPS's whole site, two pages deep, to get to this form.) Here's the working code, you can just drop this in any old web page to use it:

<FORM NAME="frmzip" ACTION="http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/zip4_responseA.jsp" METHOD=GET>
ZIP 4<br>Address: <INPUT id="address" TYPE="text" NAME="address" VALUE="" SIZE=27 MAXLENGTH=50 ><br>
City: <INPUT id="city" TYPE="text" NAME="city" VALUE="" SIZE=30 MAXLENGTH=35 ><br>
State: <INPUT id="state" TYPE="text" NAME="state" VALUE="" SIZE=2 MAXLENGTH=12 > 
ZIP: <INPUT id="zipcode" TYPE="text" NAME="zipcode" VALUE="" SIZE=10 MAXLENGTH=10 >
<INPUT type=hidden NAME="Selection" ID="Selection" value="1">
<input type=hidden name="urbanization" value="">
<input type=hidden name="firm" value="">  
<input type=hidden name="address1" value="">
<input type=hidden name="address2" id="address2" value="">
<input type=submit NAME="Submit">
</FORM>
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