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RE: A Formal Peace Proposal
Sometimes it amazes me how it only takes a week or so to get an idea
out of the mail and into the head.
The following "peace plan" from Nathaniel Borenstein is the expected
course of action during the IETF meeting. It also reflects my
personal choice for an email extensions architecture.
>1. Should we change RFC 822, RFC 821, or both?
>2. If we change RFC 822, how should we do it (Content-type vs.
>Encoding, 7 bit representation of 8 bit data, newline problems,
>revisions to RFC 934, etc.)
>3. If we change RFC 821 (SMTP), how should we do it?
We can separate the working group only after we have decided on an
architecture, so the solutions of the two groups will work together.
Imagine if you will, a change to SMTP that adds a header line which is
not part of the scheme for indicating encoding-type in the message
format document! Yup, i'm sure many people on this list can see that
so clearly that they believe it can't be done.
IETF Mail Extensions Working Group Chair