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[whatwg] Comments on the definition of a valid e-mail address

From: David Gerard <dgerard@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 20:46:55 +0100
Message-ID: <fbad4e140908231246v2e1b1e7eo8a768bf7da39a43f@mail.gmail.com>
2009/8/23 Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c at gmail.com>:

>  ?Or just don't ban anything
> at all, like with type=tel. ?type=email differs from most of the other
> types with validity constraints (like month, number, etc.) in that the
> difference between valid and invalid values is a purely pragmatic
> question (what will actually work?) that the user can often answer
> better than the application. ?It doesn't seem like a good idea for the
> standard to tell users that the e-mail addresses they've actually been
> using are invalid.


The quoted portion above strikes to the heart of the matter. I suppose
the spec wants to obviate defective "email validation" JavaScript, but
any restriction will (a) break stuff the user thinks should work (b)
not stop bad web coders for a second.

- d.
Received on Sunday, 23 August 2009 12:46:55 UTC

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