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Concluded WG Network Fax (netfax)

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WG Name Network Fax
Acronym netfax
Area Applications Area (app)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-netfax-01 Approved
Document dependencies
Personnel Chair Mark H. Needleman
Mailing list Address
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Archive /pub/

Final Charter for Working Group

The Network Fax Working Group is chartered to explore issues
involved with the transmission and receipt of facsimilies across TCP/IP
networks and to develop recommended standards for facsimile
transmission across the Internet. The Group is also intended to serve
as a coordinating forum for people doing experimentation in this area
to attempt to maximize the possibility for interoperability among
network fax projects.

Among the issues that need to be resolved are what actual
protocol(s) will be used to do the actual data transmission
between hosts, architectural models for the integration of fax
machines into the existing internet, what types of data encoding
should be supported, how IP host address to phone number conversion
should be done and associated issues of routing, and development of a
gateway system that will allow existing Group 3 and Group 4 fax
machines to operate in a network environment.

It is expected that the output of the Working Group will be one
or more RFC's documenting recommended solutions to the above questions
and possibly also describing some actual implementations. The life of
the Working Group is expected to be 18-24 months.

It is also hoped that some fax vendors, as well as the
networking community and fax gateway developers, will be brought into
the effort.


Date Milestone Associated documents
Mar 1992 Overlapping with activities listed above may be implementations based on ideas and work done by the Working Group. If so revise RFC to include knowledge gained from such implementations.

Done milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
Done Continue revisions based on comments received and submit to IESG for publication as RFC.
Done First draft of RFC to be completed. To be discussed at IETF meeting and revised as necessary.
Done Continue work on definition of issues and protocols. Work to be conducted on mailing list.
Done Review and approve Charter making any changes deemed necessary. Refine definition of scope of work to be accomplished and initial set of RFC's to be developed. Begin working on framework for solution.