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Extended Facsimile Using Internet Mail (RFC2532)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003118D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 12 page(s) / 15K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

L. Masinter: AUTHOR [+1]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC2532: DOI

Abstract

This document describes extensions to "Simple Mode of Facsimile Using Internet Mail", and describes additional features, including transmission of enhanced document characteristics (higher resolution, color) and confirmation of delivery and processing. [STANDARDS-TRACK]

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Network Working Group L. Masinter Request for Comments: 2532 Xerox Corporation Category: Standards Track D. Wing Cisco Systems March 1999

Extended Facsimile Using Internet Mail

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 (1999). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This document describes extensions to "Simple Mode of Facsimile Using Internet Mail" [RFC2305] and describes additional features, including transmission of enhanced document characteristics (higher resolution, color) and confirmation of delivery and processing.

These additional features are designed to provide the highest level of interoperability with the existing and future standards-compliant email infrastructure and mail user agents, while providing a level of service that approximates the level currently enjoyed by fax users.

The IETF has been notified of intellectual property rights claimed in regard to some or all of the specification contained in this document. For more information consult the online list of claimed rights in <http://www.ietf.org/ipr.html>.

1. Introduction

This document notes a number of enhancements to the "Simple Mode of Facsimile Using Internet Mail" [RFC2305] that may be combined to create an extended mode of facsimile using Internet mail.

The new features are designed to be interoperable with the existing base of mail transfer agents (MTAs) and mail user agents (MUAs), and take advantage of existing standards for advanced functionality such as positive delivery confirmation and disposition notification. The

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RFC 2532 Extended Internet Fax March 1999

enhancements described in this document utilize the messaging infrastructure, where possible, instead of creating fax-specific features which are unlikely to be implemented in non-fax messaging software.

This document standardizes the following two features.

* Delivery confirmation (Section 2) (required) * Additional document features (Section 3) (optional)

These features are fully described in another document titled "Terminology and Goals for Internet Fax" [RFC2542].

1.1. Definition of Terms

The term "processing" indicates the action of rendering or transmitting the contents of the message to a printer, display device, or fax machine.

The term "processing confirmation" is an indication by the recipient of a message that it is able to process the contents of that message.

The term "recipient" indicates the device which performs the processing function. For example, a recipient could be implemented as a traditional Mail User Agent on a PC, a standalone device which retrieves mail using POP3 or IMAP, an SMTP server whi...

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