There are several ways of validating an email address format.
Normally, I do it the following way:
1. I first define the regular expression for the email format:
2. To validate the email address provided is correct:
if ( !eregi (FORMAT, $email)) echo “The email provided has an invalid format”;
Regular expressions can be a pain to understand and if it’s hard for you then I would recommend you read “Sams Teach Yourself Regular Expressions in 10 Minutes” from Ben Forta.
If however you are simply interested in some practical examples that you could use then I recommend “Regular Expressions Cookbook” from Jan Goyvaerts and Steven Levithan.