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Re: [ietf-smtp] Email standard revision

2020-02-18 09:20:51

After some discussion with Barry, what seems to have been missing is a clear statement of needs and goals. Many different approaches to revision are possible and reasonable. So the reasons for choosing one needs to be clear.

Logic for a limited effort:

The current, well-established, core specifications for email are at a lower standards level than what the (realistically) long-obsolete versions. The goal is to (finally) establish the later versions as full standards (and, I assume, declare the earlier versions as obsolete.)

Any substantive revision to the current specifications runs the risk -- actually the likelihood -- of resulting in the output being labeled at a /lower/ standards level than it current has, thereby exacerbating the original issue.

Hence the revision effort needs to be constrained to altering only essential, /minor/ details. A cleanup exercise, if you will.



Dave Crocker
Brandenburg InternetWorking

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