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The Importance of Validating Email Syntax: Challenges and Solutions
Learn about the challenges associated with email syntax validation, why it's important, and the Melissa Email solutions that can help.
What is a Valid Email?
Challenges With Email Syntax Corrections
These RFC specifications have been updated many times since their initial publication in 1982, with new rules and guidelines added to reflect changes in technology and best practices. This means that email providers and users must stay up to date with the latest RFC specifications in order to ensure that their email addresses are valid and deliverable.
Moreover, some email addresses are intentionally designed to be difficult to validate. Spammers may use malformed email addresses to avoid detection by spam filters. For example, firstname.lastname@example.org uses a hyphen in the domain name. While hyphens are allowed in the domain name, they are not typically used by major email providers. This means that validation tools must be able to detect and correct malformed email addresses without flagging legitimate ones as invalid.
Why do we need to correct them?
- Ensuring emails reach their intended recipients: Syntax errors can cause emails to bounce, preventing them from reaching their intended recipients.
- Maintaining sender reputation: Syntax errors can cause email servers to mark emails as spam, which can negatively impact sender reputation.
- Saving time: Correcting syntax errors can save time by reducing the need for manual intervention and resending emails.
How can Melissa help?
Email validation tools, like Melissa's Global Email Web Service, can be an effective way to prevent the unintended consequences of syntactically erroneous emails. With Global Email Web Service, businesses can benefit from a comprehensive email validation process that includes multiple checks and live verifications to ensure that email addresses are valid.
When an email enters the service, the syntax of the email is first checked to ensure that it is properly formatted. Melissa adheres to widely accepted RFC guidelines that are observed by most email providers. In addition, we can confidently correct many invalid emails from typos. For instance, following the local part and domain name structure, an email like test@@gmail.com would be corrected to email@example.com. Or, as in the case mentioned previously, firstname.lastname@example.org could be corrected to email@example.com. After the preliminary syntax changes occur (if there are any), the email is validated by verifying the mailbox and domain name. With every response, we return result codes indicating the actions or validations performed from the service, including any corrections made.
We are continuing to refine the process and improve our correction logic as we identify new best practices observed by major email providers. In the future, we will be expanding our correction logic, as well as fine-tuning existing logic in adherence to widely accepted industry standards.
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