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RFC 1137

Network Working Group                                           S. Kille
Request for Comments:  1137                    University College London
Updates:  RFC 976                                          December 1989


             Mapping Between Full RFC 822 and RFC 822 with
                          Restricted Encoding

Status of this Memo

   This RFC suggests an electronic mail protocol mapping for the
   Internet community and UK Academic Community, and requests discussion
   and suggestions for improvements.  This memo does not specify an
   Internet standard.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

   This document describes a set of address mappings which will enable
   interworking between systems operating RFC 822 protocols in a general
   manner, and those environments where transfer of RFC 822 messages
   restricts the character set which can be used in addresses.  UUCP
   transfer of RFC 822 messages is an important case of this
   [Crocker82a, Horton86a].

Specification

   This document specifies a mapping between two protocols.  This
   specification should be used when this mapping is performed on the
   Internet or in the UK Academic Community. This specification may be
   modified in the light of implementation experience, but no
   substantial changes are expected.

1.  Introduction

   Some mail networks which use RFC 822 cannot support the full
   character set required by all aspects of RFC 822.  This document
   describes a symmetrical mapping between full RFC 822 addressing, and
   a form for use on these networks.  Any addresses within the networks
   will not use the full RFC 822 addressing, and so any addresses
   encoded according to this standard will always represent remote
   addresses.  This document derives from a mapping originally specified
   in RFC 987 [Kille86a], where the domain of application was more
   restricted.  Two terms are now defined:

   Full RFC 822

      This implies full support for transfer to and from any legal RFC
      822 address.  In particular, the quoted-string form of local-part
      must be supported (e.g., <"Joe Soap"@foo.bar>).




Kille                                                           [Page 1]

RFC 1137 E-Mail Address and Quoted Strings December 1989 Restricted RFC 822 This implies a subset of RFC 822 addressing. The quoted-string form of local-part need not be supported. Standard UUCP mail transfer falls into this category. Restricted RFC 822 is undesirable, but in practice it exists in many places. When a message is transferred from full RFC 822 to restricted RFC 822, and address forms used in full RFC 822 are involved, message loss may occur (e.g., it may not be possible to return an error message). This RFC describes a quoting mechanism which may be used to map between full RFC 822 and restricted RFC 822, in order to alleviate this problem. 2. Encoding The RFC 822 EBNF meta notation is used. Any EBNF definitions taken from RFC 822 are prefixed by the string "822.". The following EBNF is specified. atom-encoded = *( a-char / a-encoded-char ) a-char = <any CHAR except specials (other than "@" and "."), SPACE, CTL, "_", and "#"> a-encoded-char = "_" ; (space) / "#u#" ; (_) / "#l#" ; <(> / "#r#" ; <)> / "#m#" ; (,) / "#c#" ; (:) / "#b#" ; (\) / "#h#" ; (#) / "#e#" ; (=) / "#s#" ; (/) / "#" 3DIGIT "#" The 822.3DIGIT in EBNF.a-encoded-char must have range 0-127, and is interpreted in decimal as the corresponding ASCII character. The choice of special abbreviations (as opposed to decimal encoding) provided is based on the manner in which this mapping is most frequently used. There are special encodings for each of the PrintableString characters not in EBNF.a-char, except ".". Space is given a single character encoding, due to its (expected) frequency of use, and backslash as the RFC 822 single quote character. This mapping is used to transform between the two forms of 822.word: 822.quoted-string (restricted RFC 822) and 822.atom (restricted RFC Kille [Page 2]
RFC 1137 E-Mail Address and Quoted Strings December 1989 822). To encode (full RFC 822 -> restricted RFC 822), first remove any quoting from any 822.quoted-string. Then, all EBNF.a-char are used directly and all other CHAR are encoded as EBNF.a-encoded-char. To decode (restricted RFC 822 -> full RFC 822): if the address can be parsed as EBNF.encoded-atom reverse the previous mapping. If it cannot be so parsed, map the characters directly. 3. Application This mapping should be used for all addresses, at the MTS or Header level. It is applied to the 822.local-part of the addresses. For example: Full RFC 822 Restricted RFC 822 Steve.Kille@cs.ucl.ac.uk <-> Steve.Kille@cs.ucl.ac.uk "Steve Kille"@cs.ucl.ac.uk <-> Steve_Kille@cs.ucl.ac.uk "argle#~"@blargle <-> argle#h##126#@blargle References [Crocker82a] Crocker, D., "Standard of the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages", RFC 822, August 1982. [Horton86a] Horton, M., "UUCP Mail Interchange Format Standard", RFC 976, February 1986. [Kille86a] Kille, S., "Mapping Between X.400 and RFC 822", UK Academic Community Report (MG.19), RFC 987, June 1986.



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