new SGML/MIME Internet Draft

Marc Andreessen (
Fri, 15 Oct 93 08:43:32 -0700

Newsgroups: ncsa.ietf.announce
Subject: ID ACTION:draft-ietf-mime-sgml-00.txt
Reply-To: Internet-Drafts@CNRI.Reston.VA.US
Organization: National Center for SuperComputing Applications
Date: 15 Oct 93 05:06:28 GMT


A New Internet Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts
directories. This draft is a work item of the Mime Content Working Group of
the IETF.

Title : MIME Content-types for SGML Documents
Author(s) : E. Levinson
Filename : draft-ietf-mime-sgml-00.txt
Pages : 11

This document specifies how a specific compound object, a complete SGML
document, is to be carried within a MIME message. MIME provides a flexible
mechanism for structuring RFC 822 message bodies. To use that mechanism
for compound documents requires additional agreements on how the compound
document is represented and labelled within the message body. In addition,
this document specifies the requirements for using MIME to carry SGML
documents within a data stream in conformance with the SGML Document
Interchange Format (SDIF). That format provides a mechanism for
transferring one or more SGML documents. Subtypes are proposed for the
Multipart and Application content types to support SGML documents and SDIF
within MIME.

Compound documents, including SGML, consist of a number of files, some of
which may contain references to other files. Explicit indications of the
bindings between the sender's file names and the MIME body parts are needed
to re-bind the sender's file names to ones on the recipient's system. A
content reference header field makes the bindings explicit.

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Content-Type: Multipart/Alternative; Boundary="OtherAccess"

Content-Type: Message/External-body;

Content-Type: text/plain

SEND draft-ietf-mime-sgml-00.txt

Content-Type: Message/External-body;

Content-Type: text/plain