Receipt Notifications for Internet Mail (receipt) Charter

NOTE: This charter is accurate as of the 37th IETF Meeting in San Jose. It may now be out-of-date. (Consider this a "snapshot" of the working group from that meeting.) Up-to-date charters for all active working groups can be found elsewhere in this Web server.


Applications Area Director(s):

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Mailing List Information

Description of Working Group

There is a wide interest of e-mail users to know if and when a message has been shown to a (human) recipient. This functionality is available for a number of PC e-mail systems and within X.400. The receipt working group will specify the necessary extensions to support this functionality within the Internet Mail environment and optionally also specify the necessary mappings for MIXER gateways.

The result of this work will be a Proposed Standard specifying:

o The mechanism used for requesting that the recipient issue a read-receipt.

o The format used for transferring read-receipts.

o The advice on the privacy and security issues involved in read-receipts.

Goals and Milestones

Jul 95
Meet at Stockholm IETF (as a BOF) to define concepts and basic functionality.
Oct 95
Submit first version of Internet-Draft.
Dec 95
Review Internet-Draft at Dallas IETF meeting.
Jul 96
Submit Internet-Draft to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard.

Current Internet-Drafts

No Request for Comments