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Protocol Action: MIME to Draft Standard
The IESG has approved the following Internet-Drafts:
o "MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part One:
Mechanisms for Specifying and Describing the Format of
Internet Message Bodies" <draft-ietf-822ext-mime2-04.txt, .ps>
o "MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part Two:
Message Header Extensions for Non-ASCII Text"
as a Draft Standard. These documents are the product of the
Internet Message Extensions Working Group. The IESG contact
persons are John Klensin and Erik Huizer.
MIME redefines the format of RFC 822 based message bodies to allow
multi-part textual and non-textual message bodies to be
represented and exchanged without loss of information.
These revised specifications correct several minor bugs and
significantly trimed the list of content-types specified. It is
expected that the content-types trimmed from the core MIME
specification will be progressed independently as they mature. A
complete list of all changes is contained in an appendix to each of
the two parts.
Working Group Summary
There were several small technical issues uncovered during the
initial implementation and deployment, each of which was discussed
and resolved either on the mailing list or in the March IETF
MIME has been widely implemented on several operating systems and
platforms. Implementations are available in at least 4 freely
available packages and has been incorporated in numerous commercial
offerings. Part one, the message body extensions, has been widely
implemented and operationally deployed. Part two, the header
extensions for non-ascii text, has been implemented independently and
while not as widely used as Part one, does meet the requirements for