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Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder avbidder at
Wed May 19 09:55:23 CEST 2004

On Tuesday 18 May 2004 22.30, Atom 'Smasher' wrote:

> > > X-OpenPGP-KeyID: 0xB88D52E4D9F57808 (4096-RSA)
> > > X-OpenPGP-Fingerprint: 762A 3B98 A3C3 96C9 C6B7 582A B88D 52E4
> > > D9F5 7808 
> > > X-OpenPGP-URL: 

> make my own RFC... that sounds intimidating... i have no idea where
> to start on a project like that... if anyone has any advice, please
> send it to me (off list, if it's off topic).

I suggest you first get the terminology right - these headers have 
nothing to do with SMTP if I understand you correctly.

Then you may want to produce patches to some of the popular mailers, to 
demonstrate how you imagine it all should work (for those mailers that 
are scriptable, this probably isn't a big problem. A small hook 
for .forward files should be trivial, too) - if your idea is supported 
by more than one application, there's a bigger chance that people will 
consider it seriously.

As for finding the right forum, this might be either the RFC822 people 
<> or the openpgp workgroup (but 
if you post it there, you should make it clear that you do not propose 
this for inclusion for rfc2440. It should probably go into an RFC of 
its own)

-- vbi

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