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Subject: Re: Summary of decisions at the Montreal MHTML IETF meeting
From: Martin J Duerst <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:IETF working group on HTML in e-mail <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 1 Jul 1996 18:31:54 +0200

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>Here is a summary of the decisions at the Montreal meeting of the MHTML

>Other decisions at the Montreal meeting were

>-  a more clear description of the relation between MIME encodings and
>   HTML mappings of non-us-ascii characters.

This is the second-best decision (the best would have been to leave
this out, as many commentors on the net have explained how it is

Have any more specific things in this area been discussed or decided
upon? Can a draft for the rewording of the affected section(s) be
published in this group before going to last call, to assure that we
really have a text that is sound under all aspects?

The suggested wording of Jacob Palme on Sat. June 22 is a step
forward, but it is still not very appropriate. In particular, in the
drawing and in the text, the distinction between the MIME
"charset" parameter (used to denote a way of mapping characters
to octets) and the 8->7bit mappings (CP, BASE64) is not made.
Everything is lumped under the term MIME layer, but when
reading the text, one gets the impression that by this "MIME
layer" mainly the Content-Transfer-Encoding is meant, and
that the MIME "charset" parameter, very important because
it is different by default for mail and http, and also because
it is used very much in an international context, is largely

Regards,        Martin.

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