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rfc2822bis: "originator of the message" and "transmitter" not defined

2008-01-15 16:44:10

3.6.2.
[...]
   The originator fields indicate the mailbox(es) of the source of the
   message.  The "From:" field specifies the author(s) of the message,
   that is, the mailbox(es) of the person(s) or system(s) responsible
   for the writing of the message.  The "Sender:" field specifies the
   mailbox of the agent responsible for the actual transmission of the
   message.  For example, if a secretary were to send a message for
   another person, the mailbox of the secretary would appear in the
   "Sender:" field and the mailbox of the actual author would appear in
   the "From:" field.  If the originator of the message can be indicated
                                ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
   by a single mailbox and the author and transmitter are identical, the
                                            ^^^^^^^^^^^
   "Sender:" field SHOULD NOT be used.  Otherwise, both fields SHOULD
   appear.

In this paragraph a term "originator of the message" is used for the first
and the only time, and is nowhere defined. Other text only speaks of
"originator fields" (= From, Sender, Reply-To).

Also, the term "transmitter" is used here for the first time too,
and is never defined.



The proper term could be borrowed from the:

The "Sender:" field specifies the mailbox of the agent responsible
for the actual transmission of the message.

so
  'originator of the message'
should actually be:
  'mailbox of the agent responsible for the actual
   transmission of the message'
  (although this is unsightly long and repeating the just said)
or just:
  'transmitter' (if it were defined elsewhere)

Looks like a term needs to be invented for the agent specified in
a Sender field, or the text rephrased to avoid the need for a
new term.

  Mark

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