I-D ACTION:draft-ietf-receipt-mdn-07.txt

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This draft is a work item of the Receipt Notifications for Internet Mail Working Group of the IETF.

	Title		: An Extensible Message Format for 
                          Message Disposition Notifications
	Author(s)	: R. Fajman
	Filename	: draft-ietf-receipt-mdn-07.txt
	Pages		: 35
	Date		: 18-Nov-97
This memo defines a MIME content-type that may be used by a mail
user agent (UA) or electronic mail gateway to report the disposition
of a message after it has been sucessfully delivered to a recipient.
This content-type is intended to be machine-processable.  Additional
message headers are also defined to permit Message Disposition
Notifications (MDNs) to be requested by the sender of a message.
The purpose is to extend Internet Mail to support functionality
often found in other messaging systems, such as X.400 and the
proprietary ''LAN-based'' systems, and often referred to as ''read
receipts,'' ''acknowledgements,'' or ''receipt notifications.''  The
intention is to do this while respecting the privacy concerns that
have often been expressed when such functions have been discussed in
the past.
Because many messages are sent between the Internet and other
messaging systems (such as X.400 or the proprietary ''LAN-based''
systems), the MDN protocol is designed to be useful in a multi-
protocol messaging environment.  To this end, the protocol described
in this memo provides for the carriage of ''foreign'' addresses, in
addition to those normally used in Internet Mail.  Additional
attributes may also be defined to support ''tunneling'' of foreign
notifications through Internet Mail.

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