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Internet Message Format (RFC2822)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005000D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Jul-13

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

P. Resnick: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This standard specifies a syntax for text messages that are sent between computer users, within the framework of "electronic mail" messages. This standard supersedes the one specified in Request For Comments (RFC) 822, "Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages", updating it to reflect current practice and incorporating incremental changes that were specified in other RFCs.

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Network Working Group P. Resnick, Editor Request for Comments: 2822 QUALCOMM Incorporated Obsoletes: 822 April 2001 Category: Standards Track

Internet Message Format

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 (2001). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This standard specifies a syntax for text messages that are sent between computer users, within the framework of "electronic mail" messages. This standard supersedes the one specified in Request For Comments (RFC) 822, "Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages", updating it to reflect current practice and incorporating incremental changes that were specified in other RFCs.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction ............................................... 3 1.1. Scope .................................................... 3 1.2. Notational conventions ................................... 4 1.2.1. Requirements notation .................................. 4 1.2.2. Syntactic notation ..................................... 4 1.3. Structure of this document ............................... 4 2. Lexical Analysis of Messages ............................... 5 2.1. General Description ...................................... 5 2.1.1. Line Length Limits ..................................... 6 2.2. Header Fields ............................................ 7 2.2.1. Unstructured Header Field Bodies ....................... 7 2.2.2. Structured Header Field Bodies ......................... 7 2.2.3. Long Header Fields ..................................... 7 2.3. Body ..................................................... 8 3. Syntax ..................................................... 9 3.1. Introduction ............................................. 9 3.2. Lexical Tokens ........................................... 9

Resnick Standards Track [Page 1]

RFC 2822 Internet Message Format April 2001

3.2.1. Primitive Tokens ....................................... 9 3.2.2. Quoted characters ......................................10 3.2.3. Folding white space and comments .......................11 3.2.4. Atom ...................................................12 3.2.5. Quoted strings .........................................13 3.2.6. Miscellaneous tokens ...................................13 3.3. Date and Time Specification ..............................14 3.4. Address Specification ....................................15 3.4.1. Addr-spec specification ................................16 3.5 Overall message syntax ....................................17 3.6. Fiel...