Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 00:32:37 -0600
From: Pete Resnick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Updated MHTML Charter
Here is the latest revision of the charter. It will, of course, be modified as
needed at the BOF meeting.
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World Wide Web documents are written using Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML).
HTML is notable in that it contains "embedded content"; that is, HTML documents
often contain pointers to other objects (images, external references) which are
presented to the recipient. Currently, Web documents are transported almost
exclusively via the interactive HTTP protocol. The MHTML working group will
develop specifications to permit the transport of Web documents via Internet
mail. Tasks include specification of MIME encapsulation of Web documents (the
HTML document and the set of documents to which it refers) required for
Internet mail as well as specification of any HTML formatting conversions that
are needed to accomplish the transport of documents in such a "disconnected"
environment. The working group will also produce an informational discussion
about Web page formatting choices that affect their efficient use through
disconnected channels.The working group intends to develop these standards in a
way that maintains interoperability between separate HTTP-based systems and
Internet mail systems, as well as being suitable for combined mail/HTTP browser
It is beyond the scope of this working group to come up with standards for
document formats other than Web documents. However, standards produced by the
working group may be designed in such a way to allow other such formats to use
- Mar 1996: Clarify issues and a first draft text for the standards.
- Jun 1996: Submit first internet-draft for MIME encapsulation of HTML
- Sep 96: Submit MHTML specification for Proposed Standard.
- Oct 96: Submit internet-draft for guidelines in created documents for
- Dec 96: Submit guidelines for informational publication
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