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Extensions Working Group of the IETF.
Title : MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part
One: Mechanisms for Specifying and Describing the
Format of Internet Message Bodies
Author(s) : N. Borenstein, N. Freed
Filename : draft-ietf-822ext-mime2-03.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.
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