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Specification for message format for Computer Based Message Systems (RFC0841)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003888D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jan-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

National Bureau of Standards: AUTHOR

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RFC 841

FIPS Pub 98

SPECIFICATION FOR MESSAGE FORMAT FOR COMPUTER

BASED MESSAGE SYSTEMS

27 January 1983

National Bureau of Standards

This RFC is FIPS 98. The purpose of distributing this document

as an RFC is to make it easily accesible to the ARPA research

community. This RFC does not specify a standard for the ARPA

Internet.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 5

1. INTRODUCTION 7

1.1 Guide to Reading This Document 7

1.2 Vendor-Defined Extensions to the Specification 8

1.3 The Scope of the Message Format Specification 8

1.4 Issues Not Within the Scope of the Message Format 8

Specification

1.5 Relationship to Other Efforts 9

2. A SIMPLE MODEL OF A CBMS ENVIRONMENT 10

2.1 Logical Model of a CBMS 12

2.2 Relationship to the ISO Reference Model for Open 14

Systems Interconnection

2.3 Messages and Fields 14

2.4 Message Originators and Recipients 15

3. SEMANTICS 17

3.1 Semantics of Message Fields 17

3.1.1 Types of fields 17

3.1.2 Semantic Compliance Categories 18

3.1.3 Originator fields 18

3.1.4 Recipient fields 19

3.1.5 Date fields 20

3.1.6 Cross-reference fields 21

3.1.7 Message-handling fields 22

3.1.8 Message-content fields 23

3.1.9 Extensions 23

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3.2 Message Processing Functions 24

3.2.1 Message creation and posting 24

3.2.2 Message reissuing and forwarding 25

3.2.2.1 Redistribution 26

3.2.2.2 Assignment 28

3.2.3 Reply generation 28

3.2.4 Cross-referencing 29

3.2.4.1 Unique identifiers 29

3.2.4.2 Serial numbering 30

3.2.5 Life span functions 30

3.2.6 Requests for recipient processi...