View Full Version : E-mail Address Syntax Explanation Sought

09-07-2006, 11:53 PM
I think I've seen most, but I still don't understand them all.
Or their effects.

1) e-mail address
2) "real name" <e-mail address>
3) real name <e-mail address> (no quotes)
4) "real name \(E-mail\)" <e-mail address>

5) There may be more!!! Including stacked or multiple e-mail
addresses in the To: & Cc: fields, with strange arrangements
of colons and semi-colons.

Can someone please explain these to me? Slowly and patiently? :groan:
Except no. 1 - I know the effect that has.

10-07-2006, 12:08 AM
All depends on the email client settings at both ends.

An email address say; bill@microsoft.com has two majior components first the username bill, then the domain where bill is at(@).

When you want to email Bill you could type bill@microsoft.com directly into the To field.
When you want to email someone else and include Bill in on the email you would put bill in the CC field.
There is also a third field Bcc, this is where you would put bill if you didnt want the other people recieving the email to know you also sent a copy to Bill.

All the others, "Bill Gates" <bill@microsoft.com>, etc are probally inserted out of someones address book.
Say Linus Torvalds wanted to send his mate Bill Gates an email, Bill would probally be in Linus's address book, so you may get the others you have seen depending upon the email client used.

When you want to email several people you can seperate their address with a "," or a ";" depending on your email client.

10-07-2006, 12:33 AM

Thanks for the effort, but I'm still short on understanding.
I accept that there will be subtleties between e-mail
programs. However, I've semi-learnt that an address in
this format (in the To: or CC: fields):
perry@nobrains.co.au, simple@idiots.com, mug@dozyclot.org
will result in each recipient being able to see (and use
or copy) the e-mail addresses of the other recipients.

But, if each of those e-mail address is in angle brackets,
preceded by a real name, each recipient will see the real
name, but not the e-mail address. I speculate that having
the real name in quotes makes some other difference, when
compared to no quotes.

My guess is that certain formats preserve the privacy of
e-mail addresses in someone's contact list, but thoughtfully
allows the recipients to see the name of whoever else has
been sent a copy. And, that seeing the real name only may/
may not allow one recipient to reply to (see, copy) an e-mail
address, only to a real name.

I haven't the faintest idea about the one with the forward
slashes in it!

Oh for the simple life! (But I can see some of the rationale,
for all that.) I think!

10-07-2006, 12:54 AM
The name between <> or " " or / / or nothing at all will be how the name is stored in the senders address book, nothing to do with privacy.

You should place peoples address in the Bcc field if you want privacy.

10-07-2006, 01:51 AM
Just to add a note about privacy, Perry.
Rob's suggestion about the Bcc field is the only really private one.

I received the perfect example today,
My friend sent the same message to several people - most of whom I don't know.
He has made an effort to keep our addresses private from each other, by simply listing names alone ( e.g. Laura; John & Mary; Peter Jones... etc)
But he obviously doesn't realise we could all find the others' email addresses if we wished.
(Well, it works in Outlook Express, anyway)

You simply right-click on a name, then click Properties - and there it is.
I suppose I should warn him that his subtlety doesn't work..)

10-07-2006, 06:40 AM
yeh and even bcc aint that private.......if you goto the message properties then the html code you'll see all the bcc's listed there quite nicely