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Title : Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part One:
Format of Internet Message Bodies
Author(s) : N. Borenstein, N. Freed
Filename : draft-ietf-822ext-mime-imb-03.txt
Pages : 34
Date : 05/08/1995
STD 11, RFC 822, defines a message representation protocol specifying
considerable detail about US-ASCII message headers, and leaves the message
content, or message body, as flat US-ASCII text. This set of documents,
collectively called the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, or MIME,
redefines the format of messages to allow for
(1) textual message bodies in character sets other than US-ASCII,
(2) non-textual message bodies,
(3) multi-part message bodies, and
(4) textual header information in character sets other than US-ASCII.
These documents are based on earlier work documented in RFC 934, STD 11,
and RFC 1049, but extends and revises them. Because RFC 822 said so little
about message bodies, these documents are largely orthogonal to (rather
than a revision of) RFC 822.
In particular, these documents are designed to provide facilities to
include multiple parts in a single message, to represent body and
header 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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