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From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 16:54:59 -0400
To: Amelia A Lewis <alewis@tibco.com>
Cc: Mike Dierken <mike@dataconcert.com>, "'xml-dist-app@w3.org'" <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20020709165459.Y10550@www.markbaker.ca>

On Tue, Jul 09, 2002 at 04:00:12PM -0400, Amelia A Lewis wrote:
> Are there any other schemes that are largely write-only, associated with
> protocols that are effectively write-only (in SMTP, you can't ask for
> your mail; TURN has been deprecated for longer than I've been on the
> net, and ETRN signals the desire for the start of another transaction
> with role reversal)?  How about read-only?  POP is largely read-only, I
> suppose (updates happen outside the protocol).

FWIW, SMTP isn't write-only.  It has safe and idempotent methods; VRFY
and EXPN.

So you could imagine having an identifier for a mailbox, clicking on
it, and seeing "'foo' is not a recognized user in the bar.com domain".
(i.e. the output of VRFY)

MB
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Mark Baker, CTO, Idokorro Mobile (formerly Planetfred)
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.               distobj@acm.org
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