Re: mailserver scheme, third round

Stephen D. Williams (
Mon, 16 Jan 1995 16:52:14 +0000 (GMT)

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From: (Stephen D. Williams)
Subject: Re: mailserver scheme, third round
To: (Paul Hoffman)
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 1995 16:52:14 +0000 (GMT)
In-Reply-To: <ab4087e005021003d063@[]> from "Paul Hoffman" at Jan 16, 95 12:34:23 pm

> >Just a random thought: RFC822 does not require a space to follow the
> >delimiting colon of a field name.  So, does this mean that your example
> >merely describes a Subject field without a leading space?  Or does it
> >mean that the mailserver URL should always cause a space to be added
> >in the final message?

I agree, but don't have time to look it up today, that the spec requires
a space after the :...  Almost positive, and I've seen parsing code
that insists on it.  Just as the blank line delimits the header,
the space delimits the tag.  (Technically, the colon does, and I
wouldn't want to try having a : in the tag, but the space further
delimits it.)

Why reply if I don't have time to get the spec?  I don't know...

> Neither. It means that, even though most of us are used to seeing things
> like "Subject: list" in our mail clients, people should not create URLs
> like <mailserver://>. The leading space (which
> must be encoded) is superfluous, and may be confusing to some mail servers
> who expect no leading whitespace in the Subject header.
> --Paul Hoffman
> --Proper Publishing

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