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Re: Network Solutions and Broken E-mail Addresses
From: Lyndon Nerenberg <lyndon () orthanc ab ca>
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2003 21:29:00 -0600




--On Friday, August 8, 2003 5:56 PM -0700 "Jeremy T. Bouse" <Jeremy.Bouse () UnderGrid net> wrote:

        Unfortunately I'd have to say NetSol is not alone on this as a
vast majority of the sites I've had to enter an email address will not
accept a user+detail () domain format... I find it to be quite annoying
that I can use the format as it helps with filtering of email and is
completely valid according to the current RFCs wrt mail.

John Klensin has an internet-draft out that addresses this issue. See section 3 of draft-klensin-name-filters-02.txt. I don't know if this will be any more useful than RFC 2822 when it comes to bashing the clueless over the head, but every bit helps, I guess.

I find that when I complain about this sort of thing I have about a 20% success rate in getting the problem fixed. Something I've found to be helpful is to offer the site an ERE I wrote that does (mostly correct) validation of RFC 2822 addresses. If the site is running UNIX they'll usually incorporate the ERE into their validation software.

--lyndon




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