Request: Change the pre-built address field so that it includes a US/Can states and provinces drop down, down menu in the combined address field that Knack users must make use of if they want their entries to show up on maps.
Problem: In Knack, if you want your records to show up on a map (mutliple pins on a map showing record locations) you must use Knack's pre-assembled address field. (You can't build your own set of address, state, country fields. The map app won't pick those up.) Users have no control over how the pre-assembled address field is built. ---> Within this pre-assembled map field the Region/Province (i.e. state) field is a simple text box not a drop down menu of state or provinces.
PROBLEM THIS CAUSES: We have public users entering addresses from a front end interface into this address field as we build a busineses directory. They enter states/provinces into that address text box in too many different ways. Examples: Florida, FL, FL. , FLA, FLa, fla FLORIDA (not to mention accidental mistakes of misspelling).
CURRENT RESULT: When someone searches the database by "state/province" they will only pull up businesses whose owners have entered state/provinces the same way, If a person searches for business by "Florida", no businesses with "FL" in the state field, or "fla" will show up.
Offering a drop down menu of states/provinces completely eliminates this problem and makes entry faster for the user. Since states/and provinces don't change it doesn't seem like locking users into a drop down of US states, and/or states and provinces is a problem.
IMPLEMENTATION: See attached screnshot.
I suggest adding a check box option, in the already existing dropdown where we are asked about international vs U.S. addresses. I would add
a.) US w/ States Dropdown
b.) States+Provinces Dropdown
c.) U.S (already exists)
d.) International (already exists)
e.) International (with country) (already exists)
When a users selects option (a) or (b) the address field implements a drop down of states or states/provinces rather than a text box for the Region/PRovince field.