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Protocol Action: MIME to Draft Standard

1993-06-24 14:22:14

  The IESG has approved the following Internet-Drafts:
  o "MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part One:
    Mechanisms for Specifying and Describing the Format of
    Internet Message Bodies" <draft-ietf-822ext-mime2-04.txt, .ps>

  o "MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part Two:
    Message Header Extensions for Non-ASCII Text"

  as a Draft Standard.  These documents are the product of the
  Internet Message Extensions Working Group. The IESG contact
  persons are John Klensin and Erik Huizer.

Technical Summary

  MIME redefines the format of RFC 822 based message bodies to allow
  multi-part textual and  non-textual  message bodies  to  be
  represented  and  exchanged  without loss of information.

  These revised specifications correct several minor bugs and
  significantly trimed the list of content-types specified.  It is
  expected that the content-types trimmed from the core MIME
  specification will be progressed independently as they mature.  A
  complete list of all changes is contained in an appendix to each of
  the two parts.

Working Group Summary

  There were several small technical issues uncovered during the
  initial implementation and deployment, each of which was discussed
  and resolved either on the mailing list or in the March IETF
Protocol Quality

  MIME has been widely implemented on several operating systems and
  platforms.  Implementations are available in at least 4 freely
  available packages and has been incorporated in numerous commercial
  offerings.  Part one, the message body extensions, has been widely
  implemented and operationally deployed.  Part two, the header
  extensions for non-ascii text, has been implemented independently and
  while not as widely used as Part one, does meet the requirements for
  Draft Standard.

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