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An Extensible Message Format for Message Disposition Notifications (RFC2298)

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Original Publication Date: 1998-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 23 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Fajman: AUTHOR

Abstract

This memo defines a MIME content-type that may be used by a mail user agent (UA) or electronic mail gateway to report the disposition of a message after it has been sucessfully delivered to a recipient. This content-type is intended to be machine-processable. Additional message headers are also defined to permit Message Disposition Notifications (MDNs) to be requested by the sender of a message. The purpose is to extend Internet Mail to support functionality often found in other messaging systems, such as X.400 and the proprietary "LAN-based" systems, and often referred to as "read receipts," "acknowledgements," or "receipt notifications." The intention is to do this while respecting the privacy concerns that have often been expressed when such functions have been discussed in the past.

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Network Working Group R. Fajman

Request for Comments: 2298 National Institutes of Health

Category: Standards Track March 1998

An Extensible Message Format

for Message Disposition Notifications

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This memo defines a MIME content-type that may be used by a mail user

agent (UA) or electronic mail gateway to report the disposition of a

message after it has been sucessfully delivered to a recipient. This

content-type is intended to be machine-processable. Additional

message headers are also defined to permit Message Disposition

Notifications (MDNs) to be requested by the sender of a message. The

purpose is to extend Internet Mail to support functionality often

found in other messaging systems, such as X.400 and the proprietary

"LAN-based" systems, and often referred to as "read receipts,"

"acknowledgements," or "receipt notifications." The intention is to

do this while respecting the privacy concerns that have often been

expressed when such functions have been discussed in the past.

Because many messages are sent between the Internet and other

messaging systems (such as X.400 or the proprietary "LAN-based"

systems), the MDN protocol is designed to be useful in a multi-

protocol messaging environment. To this end, the protocol described

in this memo provides for the carriage of "foreign" addresses, in

addition to those normally used in Internet Mail. Additional

attributes may also be defined to support "tunneling" of foreign

notifications through Internet Mail.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction ............................................ 2

2. Requesting Message Disposition Notifications ............ 3

3. Format of a Message Disposition Notification ............ 7

4. Timeline of events ...................................... 17

5. Conformance and Usage Requirements ...................... 18

6. Security Considerations ................................. 19

7. Collected Grammar ....................................... 20

8. Guidelines for Gatewaying MDNs ............................