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Concluded WG Receipt Notifications for Internet Mail (receipt)

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WG Name Receipt Notifications for Internet Mail
Acronym receipt
Area Applications Area (app)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-receipt-01 Approved
Document dependencies
Personnel Chairs Ned Freed, Urs Eppenberger
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Final Charter for Working Group

There is a wide interest of e-mail users to know if and when a message
has been shown to a (human) recipient. This functionality is available
for a number of PC e-mail systems and within X.400. The receipt working
group will specify the necessary extensions to support this
functionality within the Internet Mail environment and optionally also
specify the necessary mappings for MIXER gateways.

The result of this work will be a Proposed Standard specifying:

o The mechanism used for requesting that the recipient issue a

o The format used for transferring read-receipts.

o The advice on the privacy and security issues involved in


Date Milestone Associated documents
Jul 1996 Submit Internet-Draft to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard.
Dec 1995 Review Internet-Draft at Dallas IETF meeting.
Oct 1995 Submit first version of Internet-Draft.
Aug 1995 Meet at Stockholm IETF (as a BOF) to define concepts and basic functionality.