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Standard for the format of ARPA network text messages (RFC0733) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003780D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Nov-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 31 page(s) / 73K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

D. Crocker: AUTHOR [+3]



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RFC # 733

NIC # 41952

Obsoletes: RFC #561 (NIC #18516)

RFC #680 (NIC #32116)

RFC #724 (NIC #37435)



21 November 1977


David H. Crocker

The Rand Corporation

John J. Vittal

Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc.

Kenneth T. Pogran

Massachusets Institute of Technology

D. Austin Henderson, Jr.(2)

Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc.


(1)This work was supported by the Defense Advanced Research

Projects Agency of the Department of Defense, under contract Nos.

N00014-75-C-0661, MDA903-76-C-0212, and DAHC15-73-C0181.

(2)The authors' postal addresses are: D. Crocker, The Rand

Corporation, Information Sciences Dept., 1700 Main St., Santa

Monica, California 90406; J. Vittal & D. A. Henderson, Bolt

Beranek & Newman, 50 Moulton St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138;

and K. Pogran, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, 545

Technology Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139. The authors'

ARPANET addresses are: DCrocker at Rand-Unix, Vittal at BBN-

TenexD, Pogran at MIT-Multics, and Henderson at BBN-TenexD.



ARPA's Committee on Computer-Aided Human Communication

(CAHCOM) wishes to promulgate a standard for the format of ARPA

Network text message (mail) headers which will reasonably meet

the needs of the various message service subsystems on the

Network today. The authors of this document constitute the

CAHCOM subcommittee charged with the task of developing this new


Essentially, we specify a revision to ARPANET Request for

Comments (RFC) 561, "Standardizing Network Mail Headers", and RFC

680, "Message Transmission Protocol". This revision removes and

compacts portions of the previous syntax and adds several

features to network address specification. In particular, we

focus on people and not mailboxes as recipients and allow

reference to stored address lists. We expect this syntax to

provide sufficient capabilities to meet most users' immediate

needs and, therefore, give developers enough breathing room to

produce a new mail transmission protocol "properly". We believe

that there is enough of a consensus in the Network community in

favor of such a standard sy...