What is MIME (Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions)
Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) should be discussed. MIME is an extension of Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) that provides the ability to pass different kinds of data files on the Internet: audio, video, images, application programs, and other kinds, as well as the ASCII text handled in the original protocol, the Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP).
Servers insert the MIME header at the beginning of the e-mail, and then the mail client (such as Microsoft Outlook) uses the header to determine which program will be used on the attached data.
MIME is specified in detail in Internet Request for Comments 1847 and RFC 2634 offer additional information about multi-part/signed MIME and the specifications for S/MIME.
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