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Re: Multi-message reply and "References:"

2003-06-08 11:07:29

D. J. Bernstein wrote:
Bruce Lilly writes:
  [ ignoring newer USENET docs, and apparently misrepresenting RFC 2822 ]

While RFCs 1036 and 2822 suggest ordering of the msg-ids in the References
field, there is no requirement to use a specific ordering.  In particular,
UAs should not presume that the order of appearance of msg-ids in a References field is significant.

There are no "newer USENET docs" with any status as Standards. And RFC 2822
(a Proposed Standard) is not misrepresented; RFC 822 (the current message
format Standard) does not require any specific ordering of msg-ids in
References (or In-Reply-To for that matter), and compliance with any RFC
2822 provisions (especially any that aren't specified as MUST or MUST NOT
requirements per RFC 2119) is purely voluntary unless, of course, compliance
with 2822 is claimed.

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