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Proposed official standard for the format of ARPA Network messages (RFC0724) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003770D
Original Publication Date: 1977-May-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 29 page(s) / 75K

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RFC # 724

NIC #37435 12 May 1977

Proposed Official Standard for the

Format of ARPA Network Messages


Ken Pogran, MIT-LCS/CSR (Pogran at MIT-Multics)

John Vittal, BBN (Vittal at BBN-TENEXA)

Dave Crocker, RAND-ISD (DCrocker at Rand-Unix)

Austin Henderson, BBN (Henderson at BBN-TENEXD)

Proposed Standard for Message Format / ii


ARPA's Committee on Computer-Aided Human Communication

(CAHCOM) wishes to promulgate an official standard for the format

of ARPA Network mail headers which will adequately meet the needs

of the various message service subsystems on the Network today.

The authors of this RFC constitute the CAHCOM subcommittee

charged with the task of developing this new standard; this

document presents our current thoughts on the matter and a

specific proposal.

This document is organized as follows: First, we present a

history, of the development of what has become known as the ARPA

Network "mail" or "message" service, and the issues which we feel

are most pressing -- problems for which solutions are lacking

today, inhibiting the further development of message subsystems.

We then present the specification for the new ARPA Network

Message Header standard. This is followed by a References


Essentially, we propose a revision to Request for Comments

(RFC) 561, "Standardizing Network Mail Headers", and RFC 680,

"Message Transmission Protocol". This revision removes and

compacts portions of the previous syntax and adds several

features to network address specification. In particular, we

focus on people and not mailboxes as recipients and allow

reference to stored address lists. We expect this syntax to

provide sufficient capabilities to meet most users' immediate

needs and, therefore, give developers enough breathing room to

produce a new mail transmission protocol "properly". We believe

that there is enough of a consensus in the Network community in

favor of such a standard syntax to make possible its adoption at

this time.

We would like to make clear the status of this proposed

standard: The CAHCOM Steering Committee has replaced the Message

Service Committee as the ARPANET standards-setting organization

in the area of message services. It is expected that the

proposal of this CAHCOM subcommittee, when in its final form,

will be adopted as an ARPANET standard by CAHCOM. In the

interests of making this standard the best possible one, we are

distributing this proposal as an RF...