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Re: rfc2821bis-01 Issue 18: Usability of 1yz replies -- proposed text

2007-04-11 06:38:56


In the hope of settling this and moving on, I propose to modify
the text for "1yz" to read as follows.  This text is based on
trying to combine Hector's proposal with a need to avoid getting
entangled with interpretations of "unextended SMTP".  

The multiline issues are not addressed: they don't belong in
this paragraph.  In addition, even if those were resolved in the
direction of "only the last one is significant", that still
wouldn't justify treating the other lines as noise to the extent
that the use of 
    150- ...
    250 ...
would be any more justified than
    000- ...
    250  ...
    666- ...
    250 ...

Proposed text:

                The command has been accepted, but the requested action
                is being held in abeyance, pending confirmation of the
                information in this reply.  The SMTP client should send
                another command specifying whether to continue or abort
                the action.  Note: This specification does not define
                any commands that allow this type of reply, nor is there
                a continuation command for use with it.   Such commands,
                or modifications to the behavior of existing commands,
                and semantics for these codes could be specified using
                the extension mechanism.

Comments welcome, but please read this in the context of an
attempted compromise that may not completely satisfy everyone
rather than as a proposal that is in complete agreement with the
many suggestions that have been made about this and related