Internationalized Email Headers (RFC6532)
Original Publication Date: 2012-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2012-Feb-18
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
A. Yang: AUTHOR [+3]
Internet mail distinguishes a message from its transport and further divides a message between a header and a body [RFC5322]. Internet mail header field values contain a variety of strings that are intended to be user-visible. The range of supported characters for these strings was originally limited to [ASCII] in 7-bit form. MIME [RFC2045] [RFC2046] [RFC2047] provides the ability to use additional character sets, but this support is limited to body part data and to special encoded-word constructs that were only allowed in a limited number of places in header field values.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) A. Yang Request for Comments: 6532 TWNIC Obsoletes: 5335 S. Steele Updates: 2045 Microsoft Category: Standards Track N. Freed ISSN: 2070-1721 Oracle February 2012
Internationalized Email Headers
Internet mail was originally limited to 7-bit ASCII. MIME added support for the use of 8-bit character sets in body parts, and also defined an encoded-word construct so other character sets could be used in certain header field values. However, full internationalization of electronic mail requires additional enhancements to allow the use of Unicode, including characters outside the ASCII repertoire, in mail addresses as well as direct use of Unicode in header fields like "From:", "To:", and "Subject:", without requiring the use of complex encoded-word constructs. This document specifies an enhancement to the Internet Message Format and to MIME that allows use of Unicode in mail addresses and most header field content.
This specification updates Section 6.4 of RFC 2045 to eliminate the restriction prohibiting the use of non-identity content-transfer- encodings on subtypes of "message/".
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This is an Internet Standards Track document.
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RFC 6532 Internationalized Email Headers February 2012
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