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RE: Removal (Time for XMail?)

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 13:37:44 -0400
Message-Id: <200009291734.NAA25826@hesketh.net>
To: <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
At 10:28 AM 9/29/00 -0700, S. Mike Dierken wrote:
>Did you take a look at the MIME multipart/related specification?
>A single low-level stream can have multiple message bodies. A single body
>can reference other related bodies through a URL syntax:
>mid:other-message-id and cid:other-content-id. Each message body can have
>its own set of headers for content-type, etc.
>You could send a 'hub' document with data and references to the other parts
>of the message - or other parts on the Web if you want as well.

I'm aware that I'm not the only one pondering multipart messages, but I
don't see sending 'hub' multipart/related documents as solving very many

I don't _want_ a single low-level stream - I'm proposing that we give up
the single low-level stream and accept the need for multiple streams.  I'm
much more interested in the pieces than in the composite here.

The 'other parts on the Web' is enticing, but brings its own security and
maintenance issues that I'd suggest would be much better handled by
something email-specific.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books
Received on Friday, 29 September 2000 13:34:25 UTC

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