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I-D ACTION:draft-vaudreuil-mdnbis-03.txt



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	Title		: Message Disposition Notification
	Author(s)	: T. Hansen, G. Vaudreuil
	Filename	: draft-vaudreuil-mdnbis-03.txt
	Pages		: 33
	Date		: 16-Apr-02
	
This memo defines a MIME content-type that may be used by a mail user 
agent (MUA) or electronic mail gateway to report the disposition of a 
message after it has been successfully delivered to a recipient.  This 
content-type is intended to be machine-processable.  Additional 
message headers are also defined to permit Message Disposition 
Notifications (MDNs) to be requested by the sender of a message.  The 
purpose is to extend Internet Mail to support functionality often 
found in other messaging systems, such as X.400 and the proprietary 
'LAN-based' systems, and often referred to as 'read receipts,' 
'acknowledgements', or 'receipt notifications.'  The intention is to 
do this while respecting the privacy concerns that have often been 
expressed when such functions have been discussed in the past. 
Because many messages are sent between the Internet and other 
messaging systems (such as X.400 or the proprietary 'LAN-based' 
systems), the MDN protocol is designed to be useful in a multi-
protocol messaging environment.  To this end, the protocol described 
in this memo provides for the carriage of 'foreign' addresses, in 
addition to those normally used in Internet Mail.  Additional 
attributes may also be defined to support 'tunneling' of foreign 
notifications through Internet Mail.

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