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I-D ACTION:draft-ietf-822ext-mime-imb-04.txt

1995-12-14 15:11:29
A Revised Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts 
directories. This draft is a work item of the Internet Message Extensions 
Working Group of the IETF.                                                 

       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-04.txt
       Pages     : 35
       Date      : 12/13/1995

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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