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Standardizing Network Mail Headers (RFC0561)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004286D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Sep-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 6K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

A.K. Bhushan: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

One of the deficiences of the current FTP mail protocol is that it makes no provision for the explicit specification of such header information as author, title, and date. Many systems send that information, but each in a different format. One fairly serious result of this lack of standardization is that it's next to impossible for a system or user program to intelligently process incoming mail.

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RFC # 561 Abhay Bhushan (AKB) MIT-DMCG

NIC # 18516 Ken Pogran (KP) MIT-MULTICS

Ray Tomlinson (RST) BBN-TENEX

Jim White (JEW) SRI-ARC

5 September 73

Standardizing Network Mail Headers

One of the deficiences of the current FTP mail protocol is that

it makes no provision for the explicit specification of such

header information as author, title, and date. Many systems

send that information, but each in a different format. One

fairly serious result of this lack of standardization is that

it's next to impossible for a system or user program to

intelligently process incoming mail.

Although the long-term solution to the problem is probably to

add commands for specifying such information to the mail

protocol command space (as suggested in RFC 524 -- 17140,), we

hereby propose a more quickly implemented solution for the

interim.

We suggest that the text of network mail, whether transmitted

over the FTP telnet connection (via the MAIL command) or over a

separate data connection (with the MLFL command), be governed by

the syntax below:

Example:

From: White at SRI-ARC

Date: 24 JUL 1973 1527-PDT

Subject: Multi-Site Journal Meeting Announcement

NIC: 17996

At 10 AM Wednesday 25-JULY there will be a meeting

to discuss a Multi-Site Journal in the context of

the Utility. Y'all be here.

Formal Syntax:

::=

::= !

::=

::= ! !

!

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NWG/RFC# 561 AKB KP RST JEW 5-SEP-73 11:19 18516

Standardizing Network Mail Headers RFC 561 / NIC 18516

::= FROM: AT

::= DATE:

::= SUBJECT: