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Message Disposition Notification (RFC3798)

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Original Publication Date: 2004-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-13
Document File: 31 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

T. Hansen: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This memo defines a MIME content-type that may be used by a mail user agent (MUA) or electronic mail gateway to report the disposition of a message after it has been successfully delivered to a recipient. This content-type is intended to be machine-processable. Additional message headers are also defined to permit Message Disposition Notifications (MDNs) to be requested by the sender of a message. The purpose is to extend Internet Mail to support functionality often found in other messaging systems, such as X.400 and the proprietary "LAN-based" systems, and often referred to as "read receipts," "acknowledgements", or "receipt notifications." The intention is to do this while respecting privacy concerns, which have often been expressed when such functions have been discussed in the past.

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Network Working Group                                     T. Hansen, Ed.

Request for Comments: 3798                             AT&T Laboratories

Obsoletes: 2298                                        G. Vaudreuil, Ed.

Updates: 3461, 2046                                  Lucent Technologies

Category: Standards Track                                       May 2004

                   Message Disposition Notification

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 (2004).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This memo defines a MIME content-type that may be used by a mail user

   agent (MUA) or electronic mail gateway to report the disposition of a

   message after it has been successfully delivered to a recipient.

   This content-type is intended to be machine-processable.  Additional

   message headers are also defined to permit Message Disposition

   Notifications (MDNs) to be requested by the sender of a message.  The

   purpose is to extend Internet Mail to support functionality often

   found in other messaging systems, such as X.400 and the proprietary

   "LAN-based" systems, and often referred to as "read receipts,"

   "acknowledgements", or "receipt notifications."  The intention is to

   do this while respecting privacy concerns, which have often been

   expressed when such functions have been discussed in the past.

   Because many messages are sent between the Internet and other

   messaging systems (such as X.400 or the proprietary "LAN-based"

   systems), the MDN protocol is designed to be useful in a multi-

   protocol messaging environment.  To this end, the protocol described

   in this memo provides for the carriage of "foreign" addresses, in

   addition to those normally used in Internet Mail.  Additional

   attributes may also be defined to support "tunneling" of foreign

   notifications through Internet Mail.

Hansen & Vaudreuil          Standards Track                     [Page 1]

RFC 3798            Message Disposition Notification            May 2004

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3

       1.1.  Purposes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3

       1.2.  Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3

       1.3.  Terminology. . . . . . . . . . . . ....