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ITU "full mode" goals and schedule
I'm cross-posting this because of the reference to "capabilities" in fax.
Specifically, should we be aiming to defining a MIME type to carry
>Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 14:35:37 +0200
>From: Dave Crocker <dcrocker@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: ITU "full mode" goals and schedule
>Cc: Keith Moore <moore@xxxxxxxxxx>, Patrik Fältström <paf@xxxxxxxxxxx>,
>Greetings from truly beautiful Geneva,
>This is an entirely unofficial -- that is, entirely personal -- note. An
>"official" communique' is going through the approval cycle. James Rafferty
>is also sending his own unofficial note, so we will benefit from
>verification/correction of my own comments.
>ITU SG8/Q.4 T.37 enhancement efforts, to consider embellishing the simple
>mode produced by the IETF, so as to bring the level of service essentially
>up to full equivalence of telephone-based G3 fax, reviewed the work being
>done by the IETF.
>I believe there are 3 important details to come out of the discussions:
>1. Full mode (probably best referred to as the EIFax, from IETF
>perspective) must support an appropriate confirmation mechanism and an
>ability for senders to obtain information about the capabilities of
>2. It appears reasonable and appropriate to use DSN for the confirmation
>mechanism, but with a specific enhancement
>3. The formal ITU schedule makes it extremely important to try to complete
>the IETF work (through the IESG) no later than the end of January, 1999.
>There wasn't any detailed discussion on this, due to time constraints.
>Still, the requirement for capabilities was (pardon the pun) confirmed. My
>own belief is that the IETF working group should define a MIME type for the
>data, or specify a profile for an existing MIME type, perhaps such as
>vcard. My guess is that we do not need to specify the means of conveying
>that data, since MIME data can be transported in many ways, and it is the
>transport mechanism which seems to be getting the most debate.
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