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Re: [Nmh-workers] RFC 5322 group support

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] RFC 5322 group support
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:56:30 -0500

>          group           =   display-name "::" group-list ";" [CFWS]

This, and the other option you propose, end up being a little hard to
deal with in practice because it's all tied up in the address parser

>Lastly, while more documentation seems like always a good thing, we do
>need to be a little careful that the MH documentation doesn't just turn
>into a copy of 5322 ... after all, what MH is supposed to permit is
>anything that the e-mail standards permit (plus more, as it is being used
>in an extended role).

I can understand that concern, but I don't think we're in danger of that
quite yet.  However ... I don't think it's reasonable in this day and
age to expect users to look at RFC-5322 as a reference to understand
how to compose email; those documents can be pretty tough for someone
who isn't actually implementing a protocol.  I think right now we have
a reasonable balance; the documentation tells users a reasonable level
of detail about the headers in email and their meaning, but we don't get
into the exact syntax of each header.  I think since this is where nmh
has special handling, it's reasonable to document it.


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