Re: [webfinger] [art] Auto-configuring Email Clients via WebFinger

Dave Cridland <> Fri, 19 July 2019 08:21 UTC

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Subject: Re: [webfinger] [art] Auto-configuring Email Clients via WebFinger
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On Thu, 18 Jul 2019 at 15:12, Paul E. Jones <> wrote:

> RFC 6186 is the DNS-based one to which I referred below. Unfortunately, it
> doesn't allow setting various configuration options and wouldn't work at
> all for my wife's use case where employees use different mail servers based
> on the country in which they reside.

I'm not saying that additional information isn't needed, but it'd be nice
to be able to use SRV alongside.

I'd expect SRV to be used on every connection, whereas an auto
configuration file would be used less, potentially only on initial

The Thunderbird config would need to be adapted anyway; it's not easily
extensible, due to not using XML namespaces, for one thing.