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Recap: Re: rfc2821bis-03 Issue 32: "MUST take responsibility"

2007-04-29 20:38:01

The consensus on the basic issue of changing the wording of this
paragraph to include the word MUST:

        The responsibility of an SMTP client is to transfer mail
        messages to one or more SMTP servers, or report its
        failure to do so.

        In either case, a formal handoff of responsibility for
        the message occurs: the protocol requires that a server
        MUST accept responsibility for either delivering a
        message or properly reporting the failure to do so.

is positive.

However, several people raised issues with some ambiguities in the text.
I found Dave Crocker's description of the ambiguities to be the most
succinct. These ambiguities do exist whether the MUST is there or not,
so they pass my "chair filter", so should probably be dealt with.

        Tony Hansen