Washington, D.C.—The Email Service Provider Coalition Tuesday announced the release of a tool that will allow marketers to test their e-mail for Sender ID and Sender Policy Framework compliance. "The ESPC enthusiastically supports sender authentication as a critical first step toward addressing the spam epidemic," said Trevor Hughes, executive director of the ESPC, in a statement. "The testing application will prove to be invaluable to any organization that sends e-mail as they move to comply with Sender ID."
The authentication testing tool is available to the public at http://www.espcoalition.org/senderid . To use the tool, marketers send an e-mail from the domain they are testing to ESPC. They can then generate a report from the ESPC Web site that indicates whether the e-mail was compliant with SPF and Sender ID. ESPC steering committee member Skylist contributed the authentication testing tool.
The ESPC also announced that all new membership in its organization is contingent upon SPF1 compliance. "We see SPF1 as a pivotal element of Sender ID and our compliance is an indication of the sending community’s willingness and drive to move the Sender ID effort forward," Hughes said.