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Re: MHTML/HTTP 1.1 Conflicts

From: Ned Freed <Ned.Freed@innosoft.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 15:41:56 -0800 (PST)
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@kiwi.ics.uci.edu>
Cc: Stef@nma.com, IETF working group on HTML in e-mail <mhtml@segate.sunet.se>, http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
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> I have yet to see any case where the MHTML specifications and HTTP
> specifications collide.  I have seen cases where MHTML has deliberately
> specified limitations in the transfer syntax in order to satisfy
> nonexistent gateway limitations in e-mail, which I believe to be a poor
> design.  If MHTML is to be truly independent of differences between
> protocols, then it should only require line-length and encoding
> when they are necessary for safe transfer.

I agree with Roy about this. Line length and encoding are necessary because of
transport limitations, they are not MIME limitations per se. As such, these
limitations should not be built into MHTML unconditionally, since MIME
transports exist that don't have these limitations.

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