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I'm not sure this is the right area to place the question but since i didn't find more appropriate one, here it is..

In the header the From: field has the following format:

From: John Jin Doe  <john@doe.com>

but I need to have smth like:

From: Jin Doe,  John <john@doe.com>

However this does not work, because it obvously treats this expression as 2 comma-separated e-mails.
And it generates smth. like this:

From: Jin.Doe@mailserver.com, John <john@doe.com>

So the question is, is there a way to encode this comma in some way, so that it doesn't confuse the parser?
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Question by:alkalined
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Did you try this;
From: "John Jin Doe" <john@doe.com>
--Raj
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by:webwoman
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That's not a good format for a from field. That field should ONLY have the email address. It doesn't need anything else.
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by:raj3060
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Then he is gonna need one email address field and one namem field.
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by:webwoman
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If he wants a name, yes. The name has nothing to do with the email address.

The from field in the email should only be an email address. If you want a name, that's fine, but it doesn't change the from field on the email.

Don't get confused with how the email client DISPLAYS the from field and what it actually IS.
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by:ITcrow
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Could you tell us little bit more about what you are doing.
- Are you sending email using script
- Or you are trying to parse received email data.

In either case, I will agree with what Raj said in the beginning. Use double quotes around the name when there is a comma present.
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by:alkalined
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I'm making a script and I do need the name..
Raj3060's suggestion did the job so i'm giving him the points.
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