As most of you know, I've been working for a couple of years on a document
that attempts to specify the *current* Internet mail service.
The effort has been motivated by realizing that there is a very poor shared
community view about the details of this service, in terms of concepts and
architecture. Along the way, I have had quite a bit of encouragement from
folks out in the scruffy field.
It is taking so long to document email, because it turns out to be
considerably more complex that I had realized and finding ways to describe it
required vastly more thought than I anticipated. (I don't know how anyone
else reacts to my saying that, but it scares me silly.)
Each major revision to the document has produced feedback that has required
substantial changes to the architecture and the document. However, I believe
it has finally reached an asymptote.
I'm feeling that the document needs to get published, and so I would like to
encourage folk to think in terms of what changes they feel are absolutely
My intent is to make one more revision to the document, based on a current
round of feedback, and then submit the document as an IETF Proposed Standard.
During the public review in that process (Last Call) I will be asking folk to
send notes of support, stating why they want it published.
So, my reuqest is that you think in terms of what is
missing, wrong or otherwise would prevent you from
being in favor of having this published as a Proposed
The html version is at
ps. A number of people believe the document is too long. That said, no one
has offered specific suggestions for what to cut. Not surprisingly, the text
is becoming a blur to me. So I would appreciate input along these lines.
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Subject: I-D ACTION:draft-crocker-email-arch-06.txt
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2007 15:50:04 -0500
A New Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts
Title : Internet Mail Architecture
Author(s) : D. Crocker
Filename : draft-crocker-email-arch-06.txt
Pages : 42
Date : 2007-3-8
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