On Mon, 17 Jan 2005, Bruce Lilly wrote:
No, "header" in the mail standards has a very clear meaning:
I entirely agree. However, I observe that there is very widespread
misuse of this terminology, leading to possible confusion.
Your proposal, which is to replace precise,
well-defined terms with poorly-defined colloquialisms, would
have a negative effect on interoperability and on general
understanding of messages and messaging protocols.
It was a point for discussion, not a formal proposal, and as such it
succeeded. :-) If, however, I had been making a formal proposal, it
would have been to replace precise, well-defined but frequently
misunderstood terms with new, equally precise, equally well-defined, but
less likely to be misused or misunderstood terms. However, I didn't
actually expect anything to happen other than there to be a discussion,
which at least raises the point in people's minds.
Philip Hazel University of Cambridge Computing Service,
ph10(_at_)cus(_dot_)cam(_dot_)ac(_dot_)uk Cambridge, England. Phone: +44