Richard Parnaby-King

Web Developer – PHP, Zend Framework and Actionscript 3

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Anyone who has tried to validate a user input using Zend_Validate_EmailAddress will find that there are a LOT of error messages returned – one for each problem with the email address:

  • Invalid format
  • Invalid hostname
  • Invalid mx record
  • and 5 more

This class will replaces all the error messages with one message.


 * Override Zend_Validate_EmailAddress so that only one error message shows when there is a problem
class RPK_Validate_EmailAddress extends Zend_Validate_EmailAddress
   * Returns true if and only if $value is a valid email address
   * according to RFC2822
   * @param string $value
   * @return boolean
  public function isValid($value)
    $response = parent::isValid($value);
    if (!$response)
      $this->_messages =
        array(self::INVALID => "Please enter a valid email address");
    return $response;


//in form object
$element->addValidator(new RPK_Validate_EmailAddress());

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