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Proposed Federal Information Processing Standard: Specification for message format for computer based message systems (RFC0806)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003855D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

National Bureau of Standards: AUTHOR

Abstract

A computer-based message system (CBMS) allows communication between "entities" (usually people) using computers. Computers serve both to mediate the actual communications between systems and to provide users with facilities for creating and reading the messages.

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Network Working Group

Request for Comments: 806

Proposed Federal Information Processing Standard

SPECIFICATION FOR MESSAGE FORMAT FOR

COMPUTER BASED MESSAGE SYSTEMS

National Bureau of Standards

Institute for Computer Sciences and Technology

September 1981

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

1. INTRODUCTION 3

1.1 Guide to Reading This Document 3

1.2 Vendor-Defined Extensions to the Specification 4

1.3 The Scope of the Message Format Specification 4

1.4 Issues Not Within the Scope of the Message Format 4

Specification

1.5 Relationship to Other Efforts 5

2. A SIMPLE MODEL OF A CBMS ENVIRONMENT 6

2.1 Logical Model of a CBMS 8

2.2 Relationship to the ISO Reference Model for Open 10

Systems Interconnection

2.3 Messages and Fields 10

2.4 Message Originators and Recipients 11

3. SEMANTICS 12

3.1 Semantics of Message Fields 12

3.1.1 Types of fields 12

3.1.2 Semantic Compliance Categories 13

3.1.3 Originator fields 13

3.1.4 Recipient fields 14

3.1.5 Date fields 15

3.1.6 Cross-reference fields 16

3.1.7 Message-handling fields 16

3.1.8 Message-content fields 17

3.1.9 Extensions 18

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3.2 Message Processing Functions 18

3.2.1 Message creation and posting 19

3.2.2 Message reissuing and forwarding 20

3.2.2.1 Redistribution 22

3.2.2.2 Assignment 22

3.2.3 Reply generation 23

3.2.4 Cross referencing ...