[JDEV] MIME-Version

arh14 at cornell.edu arh14 at cornell.edu
Wed Aug 11 11:28:25 CDT 1999

MIME, AFAIK, has nothing to do with the protocol.  SMTP just defines a 
set of interactions, like:

helo foo
> nice to meet you foo (
mail from: me at here.com
> accepted
rctp to: email at blah
> accepted
Subject: hello this is a test
> message sent

I don't know what "SMTP headers" means.  MIME is MIME.  It can be used 
over SMTP, or HTTP, or whatever.  It's not a communication protocol in 
and of itself.

We could very well use XML tags in place of MIME headers...I just don't 
see a reason to.  I could just be thick though, and need to rtfm ;)


On Wed, 11 Aug 1999, Thomas D. Charron wrote:

> On Wed, 11 Aug 1999 10:25:14   arh14 wrote:
> >attributes to the <mime> tag.  If the client knows that this tag contains 
> >MIME, it just parses the MIME stream as usual.  Any existing MIME library 
> >will be able to do this.  By extraditing these headers into the <mime> 
> >tag, the client now must collect those headers for itself, and then 
> >resume MIME parsing.  Why is this being done?
>   Becouse our protocol is XML, and the traditional MIME headers are SMTP.  We simply are using XML tags in place of SMTP headers.
>   I think we finally came up with an agreeable solution..
> ---
> Thomas Charron

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