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RE: Removal (Time for XMail?)

From: Jeff Smith <jeffs@metamail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 14:14:52 -0400
Message-ID: <27100C606636D31186AA0000E865D7C3343FA7@MANNA04>
To: "'Bill la Forge '" <b.laforge@jxml.com>, "'Simon St.Laurent '" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Cc: "'xml-dist-app@w3.org '" <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
>I'd also like to make this the basis for an extensible XML-P2P platform.
>A mail application on top of that would be really exciting.

Funny you should mention that. I have built an XML-based e-mail system on
top of SMTP/MIME. And the legacy problems we've encountered have made it
clear that the community needs to be moving on to a more XML-oriented
substrate if we are to take full advantage of XML in e-mail.

While the mandate of this group might not be to redefine e-mail (God, what a
nest of rats THAT would be!) it does seem that if we consider such issues as
part of our deliberations, we might be able to define a solution that both
addresses the original mandate, and provides a watershed opportunity to
e-mail systems.

Frankly, throwing XML documents around the net is simply more efficient and
harbors more potential for flexibility and expressiveness than the narrower
(and sometimes less efficient) model enforced by MIME encoding.

Jeff Smith
Chief Technology Officer
Metamail, Inc.
Received on Friday, 29 September 2000 14:21:10 GMT

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