Paul Rolland (=?UTF-8?B?44Od44O844Or44O744Ot44Op44Oz?=)
rol at witbe.net
Thu Aug 9 08:55:12 CEST 2012
On Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:08:19 +0530
"Abhay S. Kushwaha" <kushwaha at netsolutionsindia.com> wrote:
> Holger, please allow me to break it down in a more structured manner.
Sorry to deleted that long presentation you did, but I think it's the
clearest presentation I've seen for quite a long time, and I fully agree
with the way you read the RFCs !
'Re: ' is described in the RFC and as such deserved a specific treatment,
also described in the RFC, but any other text is allowed, and the RFCs
specify nothing, so any treatment done to it is left to Human
> So Holger, when you say "Aw: " or "Antwort: " is allowed to be used
> in "Subject:" field, you are absolutely right. In that use, these
> words are valid content for "Subject:" field. But they are not to be
> confused with the RFC-prescribed indicator of a response.
> In other words, if I receive an email with:
> Subject: Aw: Hi Holger
> the RFC compliant responses to that email would only be two
> Subject: Aw: Hi Holger
> Subject: Re: Aw: Hi Holger
> where, in the first instance I chose not to identify a reply by
> modifying the "Subject:" field and in the second instance I chose to
> identify a reply by modifying the "Subject:" field.
> That is, "Aw: " is not an alternative to "Re: " far as RFC is
> concerned. The RFC specifically talks of "use of other strings" other
> than "Re: " as potential agents of "undesirable consequences".
And, to complete, _if your MUA_ decides to consider that "Aw:" is like
"Re:", and wants to transform :
Subject: Re: Aw: Hi Holger
Subject: Re: Hi Holger
then nothing in the RFC prevents it from acting so, it is just not covered
(or simply covered by the fact the Subject field is free text).
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