Re: Second round for new URL scheme (mailserver)

Roy T. Fielding (fielding@avron.ICS.UCI.EDU)
Wed, 11 Jan 1995 17:07:22 -0800

Subject: Re: Second round for new URL scheme (mailserver) 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Wed, 11 Jan 1995 01:07:19 PST."
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 17:07:22 -0800
From: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@avron.ICS.UCI.EDU>
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Larry writes:

> One requirement for the capabilities of the 'mailserver' URL scheme is
> that it be at least as capable as the "message/external-body
> access-type=mail-server" outlined in RFC1521.TXT. Specifying subject
> is important, but (at least by this criteria) header fields other than
> subject isn't.  Being able to supply multi-line data is important.

I'll agree with Larry here.  Although I understand the desire to be
able to identify mail server resources, allowing the URL to specify
headers other than To and Subject would be a mistake.  The other headers
should be the purview of the mail-sending client, and the user should
be able to edit the message before it is sent.  Thus,


is all that is needed to cover retrieval operations.  Messages that
require input, such as a Your Name Here, can simply include that phrase
and ask that the user edit it before sending the message.  There are times
when a little less automation is a good thing.

......Roy Fielding   ICS Grad Student, University of California, Irvine  USA