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A Simple Mode of Facsimile Using Internet Mail (RFC2305) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002870D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 10 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

K. Toyoda: AUTHOR [+4]


Status of this Memo

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Network Working Group K. Toyoda

Request for Comments: 2305 H. Ohno

Category: Standards Track J. Murai

WIDE Project

D. Wing


March 1998

A Simple Mode of Facsimile Using Internet Mail

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.


This specification provides for "simple mode" carriage of facsimile

data over the Internet. Extensions to this document will follow.

The current specification employs standard protocols and file formats

such as TCP/IP, Internet mail protocols [1, 2, 3], MIME [4, 16, 17],

and TIFF for Facsimile [5,6,19]. It can send images not only to

other Internet-aware facsimile devices but also to Internet-native

systems, such as PCs with common email readers which can handle MIME

mail and TIFF for Facsimile data. The specification facilitates

communication among existing facsimile devices, Internet mail agents,

and the gateways which connect them.

The key words "MUST", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", and "MAY" in this

document are to be interpreted as described in [7].


This specification defines a message-based facsimile communication

over the Internet. It describes a minimum set of capabilities,

taking into account those of typical facsimile devices and PCs that

can generate facsimile data.

A G3Fax device has substantial restrictions due to specifications in

the standards, such as for timers. This specification defines a

profile for Internet mail, rather than creating a distinct "facsimile

over the Internet" service. The semantics resulting from the profile

are designed to be compatible with facsimile operation over the

general switched telephone network, so that gateways between

facsimile and Internet mail can operate with very high fidelity.

The reason for developing this capability as an email profile is to

permit interworking amongst facsimile and email users. For example