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Re: Two new drafts: Multipart/Interleaved and Application /BatchBeep

From: Keith Moore <moore@cs.utk.edu>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 09:11:39 -0400
Message-Id: <200105031311.JAA18053@astro.cs.utk.edu>
To: Jacob Palme <jpalme@dsv.su.se>
cc: IETF Applications Area general discussion list <discuss@apps.ietf.org>
> In an e-mail name like:
> 
>     John Smith <johns@foo.bar.net>
> 
> "John Smith", "johns", "foo", "bar" and "net" are distinct
> logical entitites which need to be separated in order to
> use the information to transport for example a personal
> reply to the sender of the replied-to message.

for most purposes these entities do not need to be separated any more
than the individual letters.  and it's arguably better if certain
fields of an address aren't identified separately to every thing that 
handles an email message - for instance, only the primary mail exchanger
for the domain of an address should be treating the local-part of that
address separately.

> The characters "<", "@", "." and ">" are syntactic separators,
> put there in order to allow software to do this separation.

as well as to be friendly to humans.  
putting XML inside an email address would be a disaster.

Keith
Received on Thursday, 3 May 2001 09:15:30 GMT

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