Several readers of this list have asked for a quick summary of the ways
in which the Internet Draft version differs from the last version you saw.
It's a short list. There are lots of minor changes, as usual
(clarifications, etc.) and 5 items that are more significant:
1. The Content-size field is GONE.
2. This draft explicitly does not permit the multipart delimiter to
appear anywhere in body (previously it could have been interpreted as
being only forbidden at start of line).
3. Renames richmail to richtext, redefines it for SGML compatibility,
and includes code for format-stripper.
4. Tightens up rules for message/charset subtypes.
5. Audio subtypes changed to x-sun, etc. -- that is, the standard
subtypes are deferred, but "x-next" or whatever is suggested for vendor
formats until a standard is defined.
That's it. I want to take this occasion to thank all of you for the
huge amount of work that has gone into this document. It has certainly
been a learning experience for me: having dozens of incredibly smart,
details-oriented pefectionists scrutinizing every word of one's writing
is a humbling but edifying process!
Anyway, I'm hoping that this list will become moderately inactive for a
while now while we all take a bit of a breather, but I'm looking forward
to hearing from all of you, this fall, why the draft isn't as good as you
used to think... Cheers. -- Nathaniel