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[ietf-smtp] Proposed Charter for EMAILCORE WG-to-be

2020-07-22 07:07:50
Hi all,

My apologies for not sending this earlier.

This is the draft charter I propose for EMAILCORE WG-to-be:


The base documents defining Internet messaging — colloquially, email -- are RFC 5321 (protocol) and RFC 5322 (format). These are revisions and consolidations of prior documents and were last published in 2008. They currently sit at Draft Standard status, a status that actually no longer exists according to current IETF procedure.

Since then some errata have accumulated (both submitted to IETF and reported directly to editors), as well as comments made about these documents not necessarily describing best email practices. There is now exists sufficient critical mass to undertake a limited review and revision of these documents for the purpose of advancing them to Internet Standard status.

This working group will conduct that limited review and revision, and publish new versions of these documents at Internet Standard status, per RFC 6410. The limited review is restricted to include corrections and clarifications only, such as verified errata and errata marked as "held for document update", however the WG is not limited to only addressing submitted errata. No new protocol extensions or amendments will be considered for inclusion into 5321bis and 5322bis documents, unless they are already published as RFCs.

The working group will also work on Applicability Statement/BCP in parallel with 5321bis and 5322bis, to capture relationships to other widely deployed work (for example recommended extensions) and current email practices.

Upon completion of these three milestones, and assuming the participants still have the momentum to do so, the working group may undertake similar review and revision of other email specifications. Such future work will require rechartering.


The current plan for the EMAILCORE BOF is to triage existing errata on RFC 5321/5322 (to see what kind of issues were raised), discuss exact scope of the effort and finish with reviewing the above proposal at the end of the EMAILCORE BOF.

Please let me know your comments/thoughts.

Best Regards,


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