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Title : Mechanisms for Specifying and Describing the Format
of Internet Message Bodies
Author(s) : N. Borenstein, N. Freed
Filename : draft-ietf-822ext-mime2-02.txt, .ps
Pages : 93
RFC 822 defines a message representation protocol which specifies
considerable detail about message headers, but which leaves the
message content, or message body, as flat ASCII text. This document
redefines the format of message bodies to allow multi-part textual and
non-textual message bodies to be represented and exchanged without
loss of information. This is based on earlier work documented in RFC
934 and RFC 1049, but extends and revises that work. Because RFC 822
said so little about message bodies, this document is largely
orthogonal to (rather than a revision of) RFC 822.
In particular, this document is designed to provide facilities to include
multiple objects in a single message, to represent body text in character
sets other than US-ASCII, to represent formatted multi-font text messages,
to represent non-textual material such as images and audio fragments, and
generally to facilitate later extensions defining new types of
Internet mail for use by cooperating mail agents.
This document does NOT extend Internet mail header fields to permit anything
other then US-ASCII text data. Such extensions are the subject of a
companion document [RFC-HDRS].
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