Canadian postal addresses — and it is assumed that any address that includes a postal code is to be treated as such — are formatted according to Canada Post’s strict guidelines:
- name, title, company
- street number & name
- city, 2-letter provincial code, double-space, postal code (without commas)
Addresses in copy
When set in copy, province & territory names will be abbreviated colloquially, if at all, (e.g. Alta. for Alberta).
Non-Canadian addresses will be formatted in accordance with the official standards of that country’s postal service.
Web addresses (URLs/URIs)
- When displaying web addresses, omit
http://www.and any trailing
/or filenames (such as
default.php, etc.) — the shorter something is, without compromising function or clarity, the better.
- When creating functional hyperlinks — say, in your website’s content management system — you must never omit the
http://, otherwise your links will not work.
- Only in rare circumstances should web addresses be used as links’ visible text; the link text should always be meaningful to the visitor, and convey exactly what he can expect to have happen when the link is followed. Surprises are unwelcome.
- Test any abbreviated addresses you use before publishing; not all sites are configured to work without
www., for example.
- Make sure spell-check or autocorrect haven’t mangled any addresses prior to publishing.
- The domain portion of a web address is never case-sensitive (though in some cases the mixed-cased
TantramarInteractive.comcan be more readable than the lower-case
tantramarinteractive.com), but directory- & file-names can be, depending on the server platform & how it’s configured.