My web site is used by people from approximately of 90 countries.

- I will use just "name" instead of first name / last name.
- e-mail address

Ron Piggott

-----Original Message----- From: Alain Williams
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2011 11:29 AM
To: Ron Piggott
Subject: Re: [PHP] Parsing the From field

On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 11:23:59AM -0500, Ron Piggott wrote:

I am unsure of how to parse first name, last name and e-mail address from the 'From:' field of an e-mail.

What I am struggling with is if the name has more than two words
- Such as the last name being multiple words
- A name a business or department is given instead of a personal name
- If the person has included their middle name, middle initial or degrees (“Dr.”)
- If last name has multiple words

Also the formatting of the from field changes in various e-mail programs:

From: Ron Piggott <>
From: "Ron Piggott" <>
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If there is more than 2 words for the name I would like them to be assigned to the last name.

You can make no such assumption, different people/companies/... do it in different ways. If you really want to have fun look at the different 'norms' from different countries.

Alain Williams
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