forms

Why Does a Email Form Say “Invalid Email” as I’m Typing the Address?

Email

Episode 1836

Ed from United Kingdom

Ed is having a weird experience when he types in an email address and gets "invalid email address" after just a few characters. But if he pastes in the email, it's fine. Leo says that there's code in an email form that is constantly checking for legitimate emails. It should do it after you type it in, but it's doing it on each letter, and that's clearly a bug. But if you keep typing, it should just nag you until you're gone inputting the email address. So it's either a bug or just plain bad form design.

Why Can’t I Fill In a Form Online With an Email Address?

Email

Episode 1832

Mike from San Luis Obispo, CA

Mike keeps having problems where online forms won't accept his email address, saying it's not a valid email. It doesn't matter what browser or computer he uses. What gives? Leo says to make sure you're using a US region keyboard in the regional settings. It may have been changed unwittingly. It also could be an issue with your keyboard driver. Gmail also acknowledges dots and dashes in an email, while some websites do not. So if you have first.lastname@gmail.com, Gmail will accept that, but a form may not.