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    SubjectRe: MAINTAINERS: standardize James Bottomley's name
    On 08/03/2009 01:43 PM, James Bottomley wrote:
    > On Mon, 2009-08-03 at 13:32 -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
    >> His recent patches and sign-offs have not used "E.J."
    >> This reduces the likelihood that will
    >> list his address twice.
    > It is standard: I like my initials; which, per RFC requires the quotes
    > because it's a mailing address.

    It's not actually required by RFC 2822.

    The relevant productions are:

    name-addr = [display-name] angle-addr
    display-name = phrase
    phrase = 1*word / obs-phrase
    obs-phrase = word *(word / "." / CFWS)

    Now, obs- usually indicates an obsolete (deprecated
    backwards-compatibility) production, but the text states:

    Note: The "period" (or "full stop") character (".") in obs-phrase is
    not a form that was allowed in earlier versions of this or any other
    standard. Period (nor any other character from specials) was not
    allowed in phrase because it introduced a parsing difficulty
    distinguishing between phrases and portions of an addr-spec (see
    section 4.4). It appears here because the period character is
    currently used in many messages in the display-name portion of
    addresses, especially for initials in names, and therefore must be
    interpreted properly. In the future, period may appear in the
    regular syntax of phrase.


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