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This post certainly falls into the “nitpick” category, but the flaw occurs often enough to be somewhat irritating. The problem you ask? Drop-down lists of state names that are not ordered by the state name but instead by the state’s 2-letter postal abbreviation. Granted, this error pales in comparison to applications containing SQL injection flaws or race conditions exposing personal information, but I’m going to complain none-the-less.
What exactly is the issue? Well, it turns out that the two letter postal abbreviations (for example AK for Alaska and HI for Hawaii) can’t be used as the key for sorting the state names into alphabetical order. For the most part it works, however for some states, such as Nevada through New Mexico it breaks. As a New York resident I get tripped up by this.[Read More]