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Netnews Article Format
RFC 5536

Document type: RFC - Proposed Standard (November 2009; Errata)
Obsoletes RFC 1036, RFC 1849
Document stream: IETF
Last updated: 2013-03-02
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IESG State: RFC 5536 (Proposed Standard)
Responsible AD: Lisa Dusseault
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Network Working Group                                  K. Murchison, Ed.
Request for Comments: 5536                    Carnegie Mellon University
Obsoletes: 1036                                               C. Lindsey
Category: Standards Track                       University of Manchester
                                                                 D. Kohn
                                                      Healing Thresholds
                                                           November 2009

                         Netnews Article Format

Abstract

   This document specifies the syntax of Netnews articles in the context
   of the Internet Message Format (RFC 5322) and Multipurpose Internet
   Mail Extensions (MIME) (RFC 2045).  This document obsoletes RFC 1036,
   providing an updated specification to reflect current practice and
   incorporating incremental changes specified in other documents.

Status of This Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

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   the copyright in such materials, this document may not be modified
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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
      1.1. Basic Concepts .............................................4
      1.2. Scope ......................................................4
      1.3. Requirements Notation ......................................4
      1.4. Syntax Notation ............................................5
      1.5. Definitions ................................................5
      1.6. Structure of This Document .................................7
   2. Format ..........................................................7
      2.1. Base .......................................................7
      2.2. Header Fields ..............................................8
      2.3. MIME Conformance ...........................................9
   3. News Header Fields ..............................................9
      3.1. Mandatory Header Fields ...................................10
           3.1.1. Date ...............................................11
           3.1.2. From ...............................................11
           3.1.3. Message-ID .........................................11
           3.1.4. Newsgroups .........................................13
           3.1.5. Path ...............................................14
           3.1.6. Subject ............................................16
      3.2. Optional Header Fields ....................................16
           3.2.1. Approved ...........................................17
           3.2.2. Archive ............................................17
           3.2.3. Control ............................................17
           3.2.4. Distribution .......................................18
           3.2.5. Expires ............................................19

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