If you're using the EDQ Record Detail component to validate addresses, it's possible to make use of the Metadata object which is also returned from our Experian Address Validation API. The Metadata object contains additional information about the returned address, such as deliverability indicators. This is enabled through configuration of Touchpoints.

Setting up Touchpoints to return additional metadata

  1. Click on App Launcher. Type EDQ Global Settings in the Quick Find box, and select it.
  2. Select Touchpoints from the left-hand menu.
  3. Click the New button found in the top right to create a new Touchpoint configuration for your Salesforce object.
  4. Choose whether you want to create a Touchpoint for a Standard address field or a set of Custom address fields:
    • For standard address fields you just need to choose the object and then select from the list of dynamically generated address fields found within that object.
    • For custom address fields you can refer to the additional instructions on configuring Touchpoints with custom address fields to understand how these are configured.

New Touchpoint

With your address configured you can now decide which metadata elements you want to retrieve and which fields on your object you want this to be mapped to. This data is unique to each country, so a set of mappings must be created for each country you require.

  1. Under the Country-level mapping heading click the New mapping set button.

  2. On the Country level mappings page select your country and the Metadata mappings section will appear below, allowing you to then click the New metadata mapping button.

    Metadata mappings

    You can now create as many mappings as you require. For each mapping you first select from the list of possible metadata elements from our API and then select a field from the Salesforce object chosen for your Touchpoint. For a full list of attributes and their descriptions refer to our Address Validation API Metadata documentation.

    Unwanted mappings can be removed using the cross icon to the right of the mapping and further new ones added using the New metadata mapping button.

  3. Once all the mappings have been configured, click the Add country mappings button to add the set of mappings for that country.

  4. Repeat this process for other countries as required and then click Save to save your Touchpoint configuration.

Testing your Touchpoint mappings

  1. Make sure all the fields that were mapped in your Touchpoint have been added to the Page Layout for the relevant Salesforce object.
  2. Edit a record for the Salesforce object you want to test and try to validate an address using an EDQ component.
  3. If the validation is successful, check that the mapped fields are populated with the additional data you were expecting.

Handling of missing metadata elements

If you mapped an attribute which doesn't exist for the validated address, the mapped object field won't be populated when an address is returned following validation.

To make this visible to administrators for debugging purposes we utilize our package's frontend logging which appears in your browser's Developer Console. Errors will be logged at the following levels.

  • INFO level when an attribute is missing for the validated address