Below is an issue list for the informational document. I do
not think any of these issues are wildly controversial.
However, the decision on whether to publish this document
should not depend on whether it is controversial, but
whether we think it might be useful to future developers.
Even if the first developers, who were probably the most
knowledgeable groups, did not use the document much, future
developers might gain from it.
Section in Issue description
4 Should some more method of communication between html
viewer and e-mail program be described? Are the methods
5 Are there any more problems with rewriting URIs which
should be described in section 5?
8 Is it OK to say that senders should not assume that
recipients will show the value of Content-Description
inside Multipart/Related (since HTML has other methods of
showing this, for example the <CAPTION> element?
9 Should we recommend Multipart/related as done in section 9?
9 Section 9 describes two ways of using
Multipart/alternative, 9.1 with Multipart/alternative
inside Multipart/related, and 9.2 with
Multipart/alternative outside Multipart/related.
Note: I have tested with a few existing mailers. Eudora
4.0.1 puts multipart/related outside multipart/alternative,
Netscape puts multipart/alternative outside
multipart/related. I did not know how to put images into a
message with Outlook Express, so I am not sure how it would
The advantage with multipart/related outside, as Eudora
does it, is that the image will be shown to recipients
whose mailers can handle attachments but not html.
Should we recommend support for both alternatives or for
only one of them?
10 Is the description of pros and cons of mailto versus http
ACTION element in forms OK?
11 Section 11 contains the figure which was removed from the
standard, because people said it was not correct, but which
I feel described the character encoding issues better than
the text in the standard. If, however, the figure is still
incorrect, we should perhaps remove that section?
12 Is the description about conversion from HTTP to MIME
13 Is the new section 13 on default font size correct?
Jacob Palme <[log in to unmask]> (Stockholm University and KTH)
for more info see URL: http://www.dsv.su.se/~jpalme
Between 26-31 June use phone No. +46-8-664 77 48 not +46-8-16 16 67