Internet Message Format
RFC 5322

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Subject: Protocol Action: 'Internet Message Format' to Draft 

The IESG has approved the following document:

- 'Internet Message Format '
   <draft-resnick-2822upd-07.txt> as a Draft Standard

This document has been reviewed in the IETF but is not the product of an
IETF Working Group. 

The IESG contact person is Lisa Dusseault.

A URL of this Internet-Draft is:

Technical Summary

This document specifies the Internet Message Format (IMF), a syntax for
text messages that are sent between computer users, within the framework
of "electronic mail" messages.  This specification is a revision of
Request For Comments (RFC) 2822, which itself superseded Request For
Comments (RFC) 822, "Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text
Messages", updating it to reflect current practice and incorporating
incremental changes that were specified in other RFCs.

Working Group Summary

No working group is currently extant on core email formats. Subsequently,
this document was reviewed on the ietf-822 mailing list, which had been
set up by DRUMS. Pointers to the discussions there were periodically sent
to other mailing lists populated with email people, such as ietf-smtp, the
EAI working group, the LEMONADE working group, and the IMAP-EXT working

Document Quality

The current document represents implementation experience from the past 7
years in email since RFC 2822 was published. As an update intended to move
the internet message format to Draft Standard status, the key issues was
to remove features not implemented by vendors and to tighten down the
specification to represent what has been implemented.


Tony Hansen is the Doc Shepherd.  Lisa Dusseault reviewed this for the
IESG.  A number of reviewers from the email community were involved,
including such notables as Ned Freed, John Klensin, and Dave Crocker.