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Re: Removal (Time for XMail?)

From: Ken MacLeod <ken@bitsko.slc.ut.us>
Date: 29 Sep 2000 12:16:08 -0500
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"Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com> writes:

> I have to admit that I've been wondering lately if the SMTP
> approach, with each message as a sequential stream of information,
> still makes sense.  Maybe sending a couple of streams - an initial
> (likely XML) description of what's coming, followed by retrievals to
> get that information by the recipient using keys provided in the
> description.
> Effectively, it'd be headers first, then content as a separate
> message or set of messages.  The recipient would have a lot more
> control over what they got, we wouldn't be trying to stuff
> everything into an XML document, and maybe we could finally get past
> some of SMTP's legacy headaches.

Wouldn't that effectively be XMLized MIME?  Then one would only need
to find the justification for XML format for headers over RFC822
format for headers.  (One such justification is an extra layering of
structure before getting to the mini-parsing of fields.)

  -- Ken
Received on Friday, 29 September 2000 13:15:58 UTC

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