RFC question

Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. bss at iguanasuicide.net
Wed Nov 10 18:15:27 GMT 2010

In <201011101225.05209.gheskett at wdtv.com>, gene heskett wrote:
>Is it 'legal' for a single MIME'd message containing many parts, to re-
>specify the
> boundary=string
>more than once in the same message?

It is possible to "nest" multipart/* types--same or different.  Each of these 
must specify the boundary= option AND each boundary must be different.

So the structure of a message is allowed to look like this (IIRC):
+ multipart/alternative (a)
  + multipart/yowsa (b)
    + vendor/wonka
    + image/omgwtfbbq
    + multipart/alternative (c)
      + image/mng
      + image/gif
      + image/png
  + multipart/mixed (d)
    + text/html
    + image/jpeg
  + text/plain

So, each of the multipart/* objects (a-d) would have a different boundary 

>This question generated by a windows email agent that is doing that as it
>sends me stuff, and in order to see the full message I find I must enable
>the message structure viewpane, and then click on the html subtree before I
>can see the whole message's jpegs etc.  Otherwise nothing below the 2nd
>boundary= statement is visible.

I've seen that stuff.  I doubt those messages are using a standardized format, 
but KMail should try and be better about that, providing the normal "click 
here to view HTML" option.
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