Programmers will often try to create consistencies in how spatial locations are understood in order to stream line programming. Two separate posts have been published, picking apart some of the falsehoods found in computer programs that deal with geography.
The first post is a list by Matthias Wiesmann published a couple of years ago entitled, “Falsehoods programmers believe about geography.” In it, he outlines some of the erroneous assumptions about geography that he has found embedded within computer programs. Some examples of falsehoods includes the notion that places only have one official name or that they only have one official address. He also counters the assumption that all countries have capitols, citing Switzerland, which has the seat of its federal government in Bern but, by law, does not designate a capital of its country.
Michael Tandy has a very long list of falsehoods programmers believe about addresses gathered during his work as a programmer. Some examples of faulty assumptions about addresses include: no buildings are numbered zero (0 Egmont Road, Middlesbrough), or, at the very least no buildings have negative numbers (Minusone Priory Road, Newbury).