Are apostrophes valid in an email address?
Randal L. Schwartz
merlyn at stonehenge.com
Wed Feb 15 15:48:03 GMT 2006
>>>>> "IvorW" == IvorW <combobulus at xemaps.com> writes:
IvorW> I've had a mailman subscription request from an email address that
IvorW> looks like this:
IvorW> paddy.o'hagan at foobar.org (this is not the real address; the domain has
IvorW> been changed to protect the innocent from spam)
As others have said, it's legal. In fact, if you send me email
directly, you get an autoreply from:
The Answering Machine <merlyn.'s-answering.machine at stonehenge.com>
This is actually a special form of merlyn.ANYTHING at stonehenge.com, which used
the sendmail recipe that I helped invent (and is now part of the standard
sendmail distro) to deliver FOO.ANYTHING to FOO. Nowadays, I could lose the
first dot and it'd still work.
The autoreply comes from someone other than me so that I don't get into a
reply-bot meltdown from poorly written tools on their end. It's also marked
"precedence: junk". If they autoreply to mail so marked (which is wrong,
but...), then I round-can their autoreply to my autoreply without further
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