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Re: mailserver scheme, third round

From: Stephen D. Williams <sdw@lig.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 1995 16:52:14 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <m0rTufC-0009v9C@sdwsys>
To: ietf-lists@proper.com (Paul Hoffman)
Cc: berg@pool.informatik.rwth-aachen.de, uri@bunyip.com
> >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://bigstate.edu/Subject:%20list/>. 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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