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sendmail.net: Email and the IETF: Notes from Adelaide

Apr 23, 2000, 13:33 (0 Talkback[s])

"The 47th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) took place recently in Adelaide, Australia. Greg Shapiro, Sendmail's lead engineer, was in attendance and participated in discussions covering several crucial topics for Internet mail. He shared his thoughts on what was discussed in three key areas for sendmail: message tracking, internationalizing DNS, and wireless access."

"Of the issues discussed in the applications area, message tracking was at the top of Shapiro's list. Message tracking would extend ESMTP to allow users of mail systems (and notably enterprise mail systems) to discover the path a particular message has taken through a messaging system and the current routing status of that message. There were two sessions devoted to message tracking at the IETF meeting in Adelaide: the design BOF ("just a group of us on the staircase") and the actual workgroup meeting, where it was decided to break out the tracking protocol from SMTP altogether...."

"Internationalization of the domain name system is currently a hot issue within the IETF. Key areas of discussion (dare we say disagreement?) focus on encoding, and on how much the eventual changes will interfere with existing applications that use the DNS - sendmail included."

"US residents tend toward complacency on this topic - from their perspective, what could be wrong?..."

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