Re: Question on RFC1460 (POP3)

Mark Crispin <MRC@panda.com> Mon, 19 September 1994 23:10 UTC

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Subject: Re: Question on RFC1460 (POP3)
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It should also be pointed out that this sort of facility is provided in IMAP4,
which is presently at Proposed Standard status.  The primary advantage of POP3
over IMAP4 is that it is a (much) simpler protocol.  If creeping featurism was
allowed in POP3, pretty soon you would have a protocol as complex as IMAP4 but
without IMAP4's advantage of being designed with this in mind from the start.

You can find the IMAP4 document on any internet-drafts server, or you can read
RFC1176 for a description of the earlier IMAP2 protocol.