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Validate an E-Mail Address with PHP, the Right Way

Jun 01, 2007 By Douglas Lovell

Listing 9. A Complete E-mail Validation Function

Spread the word! There is some danger that common usage and widespread sloppy coding will establish a de facto standard for e-mail addresses that is more restrictive than the recorded formal standard. If you want to fool the spambots, adopt an e-mail address like, {^c\@**Dog^} Unfortunately, you might fool some legitimate e-commerce sites as well. Which do you suppose will adapt more quickly?

Douglas Lovell is a software engineer with IBM Research, author of The XSL Formatting Objects Developer's Handbook published by Sams, and Web site editor for

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