How it works...

Considering the problem of verifying the format of e-mail addresses, even though this may look like a trivial problem, in practice it is hard to find a simple regular expression that covers all the possible cases for valid e-mail formats. In this recipe, we will not try to find that ultimate regular expression, but rather to apply a regular expression that is good enough for most cases. The regular expression we will use for this purpose is this:

    ^[A-Z0-9._%+-]+@[A-Z0-9.-]+\.[A-Z]{2,}$

The following table explains the structure of the regular expression:

Part Description
^ Start of string
[A-Z0-9._%+-]+ At least one character in the range A-Z, 0-9, or one of -, %, + or - that represents the local part of the email ...

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