Alternate City Names?

Discussion created by MTMInc on Apr 11, 2012
Latest reply on Apr 19, 2012 by moelschlegal
I am trying to work out a way to have ArcGIS only return full city names instead of abbreviated city names.  For example, SAINT LOUIS instead of ST LOUIS, etc.  Right now it is returning both, but our system only uses the full name, so if a user selects the abbreviated name, it causes issues.

I have done quite a bit of digging and found some places that talked about editing a .CLS file, I attempted this, but to no avail; I must have been doing something wrong because all of the edits I made to those files didn't take, it acted as if I had made no changes at all.  I then found some information about alternate names tables, but I can't seem to get it to work for cities, only streets.  Is it possible to use an alternate name table for cities?  The information I could find about alternate name tables in general was very vague.

We are using the locators and street data that came with the street map data from ESRI.

Any help you could provide would be appreciated.