Chris Newman (
Tue, 26 Nov 1996 15:11:07 -0800 (PST)

Date: Tue, 26 Nov 1996 15:11:07 -0800 (PST)
From: Chris Newman <>
Subject: Re: IMAP URLs
In-Reply-To: <96Nov26.073043pdt."135">
To: Larry Masinter <>
Cc: URI list <>, IMAP Discusson List <>
Message-Id: <>

On Tue, 26 Nov 1996, Larry Masinter wrote:
> The generic URL syntax allows "=" and ";" in the <user> part of
> <login>, so you could use
>     imap://; 
> to put the authentication method in the user field. The generic syntax
> for the IMAP URL scheme should be careful to document which things are
> URL-encoded, though. Right now, RFC 1730 says that a user name can
> either be an atom or a string, but the draft-newman-url-imap-02 says
> that the 'login' terminal follows 1738 syntax.

These are good comments.  I have submitted a new document, and placed
an htmlized version at:


The major changes from version -02 are: (1) moving the ";AUTH=" as
suggested and (2) adding a section on relative IMAP URLs.

If I don't get any substantive complaints by the end of the IETF meeting,
I'll ask for this to move to proposed standard.