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Subject: Re: Too expensive to download multipart/alternative? Use IMAP?
From: Jacob Palme <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:IETF working group on HTML in e-mail <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 1 Jun 1998 21:11:56 +0200
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At 20.34 +0200 98-05-26, Jacob Palme wrote:
> Some people complain that use of MHTML will increase the
> download time for their e-mail. Especially if
> multipart/alternative is used.
>
> Question to IMAP experts: Does IMAP allow an option to only
> download one version of a multipart/alternative?

I have now got a reply to this question in another mailing
list. IMAP does have such a facility. Quote from the message
I got in the usenet-format mailing list:

At 21.41 +0200 98-05-28, Alex Wetmore (Exchange) wrote:
> If you want to do this then you should take a look at the FETCH command in
> IMAP4, since it already supports this functionality.  There is no reason to
> re-invent the wheel.
>
> Some sites (Carnegie Mellon University comes to mind) have clients read news
> using the IMAP4 protocol rather then NNTP.  This is an option elsewhere and
> could be used instead of extending NNTP.
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Jacob Palme <[log in to unmask]> (Stockholm University and KTH)
for more info see URL: http://www.dsv.su.se/~jpalme

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