Validating US zip codes

Validating zip codes at the client side can be useful on web pages with address forms.

Entering numbers is an error-prone process. It would be great for the user if we could provide some kind of basic immediate validation to inform them of a possible error in their data entry.

On the other hand, a satisfyingly complete zip code database has a non-trivial size. Loading the complete database at the client side might be difficult and non-optimal.

In this recipe, we're going to write a client-side zip code validation function. In the process, we're going to learn what it takes to convert a non-trivial zip code database to a smaller representation which can be loaded at the client side.

Getting ready

Let's download the zip code database ...

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