CEN/TS 15873:2009

Postal Services - Open Standard Interface - Address Data File Format for OCR/VCS Dictionary Generation CEN/TS 15873:2009

Publication date:   May 29, 2009

General information

90.93 Standard confirmed   Nov 4, 2022


CEN/TC 331 Postal services

Technical Specification

03.240   Postal services | 35.240.69   IT applications in postal services



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This document defines a file format for the generation of postal address directories. It is designed to hold all information necessary to support address reading software including data required for forwarding applications. In typical postal automation systems these files will be processed by directory generation software which creates application specific loadable data. This data – usually referred to as operational directory – is heavily compressed and contains access tables tailored for the specific reading software.
Not in the scope of this document are topics external to file like compression, checksums, the interface for transmission to the supplier, modification permissions, error handling on inconsistent data and undo in updates.

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CEN/TS 15873:2009
90.93 Standard confirmed
Nov 4, 2022