Are apostrophes valid in an email address?
ti at lemonia.org
Wed Feb 15 17:34:13 GMT 2006
> On 15 Feb 2006, at 15:09, Phil Pennock wrote:
> FWIW, the real (poorly-written) world appears to be nowhere near RFC-
> compliance [and won't accept email addresses containing apostrophes],
> especially on anything web-related. [...]
Moreover, if you read Tim Berners-Lee's URL specification:
1.5. URI Transcribability
The goal of transcribability can be described by a simple scenario.
Imagine two colleagues, Sam and Kim, sitting in a pub at an
international conference and exchanging research ideas. Sam asks Kim
for a location to get more information, so Kim writes the URI for the
research site on a napkin. Upon returning home, Sam takes out the
napkin and types the URI into a computer, which then retrieves the
information to which Kim referred.
Suppose, instead, Kim gave her email address as
That might be a legal email, but even if all the non-RFC-compliant email
programs in the world were fixed (by magic?), it would *still* be a pain
in the proverbial to, oh, write down by hand.
So it might be RFC-compliant, but it's awkward, unhelpful, and fights most
of the dubious mail software in the world. That's enough to make me
consider it harmful.
 Yes, I *know* we're discussing email addresses, not URLs.
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