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Re: Issues with downconverting 8BITMIME to 7bit

1995-02-24 16:17:22
< It seems I'm going to be trying to tackle the problem of implementing a
< converter from 8BITMIME to 7bit.  I have some comments on
< draft-ietf-822ext-ime-imb-01.txt from that perspective.

I've written a similar filter which goes both ways: 7-bit MIME to binary
MIME, and vice versa. (Unfortunately, I can't just send it out to the net.

<< Mail gateways, relays, and other mail handling agents are commonly known
<< to alter the top-level header of an RFC 822 message.  In particular, they
<< frequently add, remove, or reorder header fields.  Such alterations are
<< explicitly forbidden for the encapsulated headers embedded in the bodies
<< of messages of type "message."

< This wording would seem to imply that if an agent had a message containing
< an message/rfc822 with 8-bit data in it, it could not convert it for
< transport over a 7-bit channel.  The prohibition above would prevent the
< agent from modifying the Content-Transfer-Encoding: header imbedded in the
< message/rfc822, and it certainly can't apply a transfer encoding to the
< entire message/rfc822 itself.

I agree, the prohibition is too stringent. What I've had to do is to
recursively encode/decode the entire message/* segment, treating it the same
way I do the entire message. This has worked well so far.

                                        Tony Hansen
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