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RFC 2919 on List-Id




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        RFC 2919

        Title:	    List-Id: A Structured Field and Namespace for the
                    Identification of Mailing Lists
        Author(s):  R. Chandhok, G. Wenger
        Status:     Standards Track
	Date:       March 2001
        Mailbox:    chandhok@within.com, wenger@within.com
        Pages:      9
        Characters: 18480
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:    None

        I-D Tag:    draft-chandhok-listid-04.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc2919.txt


Software that handles electronic mailing list messages (servers
and user agents) needs a way to reliably identify messages that
belong to a particular mailing list.  With the advent of list
management headers, it has become even more important
to provide a unique identifier for a mailing list regardless of
the particular host that serves as the list processor at any
given time.
 
The List-Id header provides a standard location for such an
identifier.  In addition, a namespace for list identifiers
based on fully qualified domain names is described.  This
namespace is intended to guarantee uniqueness for list owners
who require it, while allowing for a less rigorous namespace
for experimental and personal use.
 
By including the List-Id field, list servers can make it easier
for mail clients to provide automated tools for users to
perform list functions.  The list identifier can serve as a key
to make many automated processing tasks easier, and hence more
widely available.

This is now a Proposed Standard Protocol.

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for
the Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions
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"Internet Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the
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Joyce K. Reynolds and Sandy Ginoza
USC/Information Sciences Institute

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