Great stuff. This is one I would like to hoist to the top
of the discussion, and place under a banner named "What
should we use for identifiers?" Oh for IBIS...
David L Robinson wrote:
> At 8:04 -0800 22/12/2000, Garold L. Johnson wrote:
> > [Garold L. Johnson] The major problems with email all relate to
> > linking, at least to a first approximation. Since emails have no
> > unique identifiers, tying even a reply to a specific email much less
> > a specific reference is difficult since there is nothing unique to
> > which an email can refer. Hence we end up doing a lot of quoting
> > because we can't refer to an email uniquely much less in a fine
> > grained way, and there is no way of knowing how much of the email
> > traffic any new viewer has.
> > Egroups assigns a message number to every message it receives, but
> > that number is not reflected in the email that is sent to the list.
> > The originator doesn't know it since it isn't assigned until it is
> > received by egroup.
> Just a note on the unique identifiers point. E-mail does have a unique
> identifier its called Message-ID.
> See http://community.roxen.com/developers/idocs/rfc/rfc2392.html
> The RFC 2392 also mentions unique identifiers to content (CID). So you
> could have a MIME e-mail with each paragraph a MIME entity with a
> unique CID which could easily be cross referenced just like a HTML "A
> NAME=" Tag.
> Usually the E-mail body is just one MIME entity as no one has thought
> about the benefits of having each paragraph a MIME entity. An
> advantage of using this RFC is standard E-mail clients can be modified
> so linking to specific parts of a past E-mail would be possible.
> David Robinson
> ICQ# 8955819
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