2.1.6 Sieve Mail Filtering Language (sieve)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 73rd IETF Meeting in Minneapolis, MN USA. It may now be out-of-date.

Last Modified: 2007-12-17


Cyrus Daboo <cyrus@daboo.name>
Alexey Melnikov <alexey.melnikov@isode.com>

Applications Area Director(s):

Chris Newman <chris.newman@sun.com>
Lisa Dusseault <lisa@osafoundation.org>

Applications Area Advisor:

Lisa Dusseault <lisa@osafoundation.org>

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Description of Working Group:

The SIEVE email filtering language is specified in RFC 5228, together
with a number of extensions.

The SIEVE working group is being re-chartered to:

(1) Finish work on existing in-progress Working Group documents:
    (a) Notify mailto (draft-ietf-sieve-notify-mailto)
    (c) Mime loops (draft-ietf-sieve-mime-loop)
    (d) Refuse/reject (draft-ietf-sieve-refuse-reject)

(2) Finalize and publish the following SIEVE extensions as proposed
    (a) iHave (draft-freed-sieve-ihave)
    (b) Notary (draft-freed-sieve-notary)
    (c) SIEVE in XML (draft-freed-sieve-in-xml)
    (d) Notify-sip (draft-melnikov-sieve-notify-sip-message)
    (e) ManageSIEVE (draft-martin-managesieve)
    (f) RegEx (draft-ietf-sieve-regex)
    (g) Meta-data (draft-melnikov-sieve-imapext-metadata)
    (h) Include/multi-script (draft-daboo-sieve-include)
    (i) Address data (draft-melnikov-sieve-external-lists)
    (j) Support for Sieve in IMAP (draft-ietf-lemonade-imap-sieve)

Additional drafts may be added to this list, but only via a charter
revision. There must also be demonstrable willingness in the SIEVE
development community to actually implement a given extension before it
can be added to this charter.

(3) Work on a specification to describe how EAI/IDN issues should be
handled in SIEVE.

(4) Work on a "Benefits of SIEVE" guide for client and server vendors that:
    (a) Describes the SIEVE protocol and its suite of extensions.
    (b) Explains the benefits of server-side filtering in practical terms.
    (c) Shows how client-side filtering can be migrated to SIEVE.

(5) Produce one or more informational RFCs containing a set of test
scripts and test email messages that are to be filtered by the scripts,
and the expected results of that filtering. This will serve as the basis
of a interoperability test suite to help determine the suitability of
moving the base specification and selected extensions to Draft status.

Goals and Milestones:

Done  Submit revised variables draft.
Done  Submit revised vacation draft.
Done  WG last call for variables draft.
Done  Initial submission of RFC 3028bis.
Done  WG last call for RFC 3028bis.
Done  Initial submission of revised relational draft.
Done  Initial submission of revised subaddress draft.
Done  Initial submission of revised spamtest/virustest draft.
Done  Submit revised editheader draft.
Done  Submit revised imapflags draft.
Done  WG last call of revised subaddress draft.
Done  Submit revised body test draft.
Done  WG last call for editheader draft.
Done  Submit revised reject before delivery draft.
Done  WG last call for body test draft.
Done  WG last call for refuse draft
Done  WG last call of revised spamtest draft
Done  Submit variables draft to IESG
Done  Submit revised notification action draft
Done  WG last call of revised relational draft
Done  WG last call for imap-flags draft
Done  WG last call for vacation draft
Done  Submit revised loop draft
Done  Submit revised relational draft to IESG
Done  Submit vacation draft to IESG
Done  WG last call of revised subaddress draft
Done  Submit revised subaddress draft to IESG
Done  Submit imapflags draft to IESG
Done  Submit revised spamtest draft to IESG
May 2006  Submit editheader draft to IESG
Done  Submit 3028bis to IESG
Jun 2006  Submit revised regex draft
Done  Submit body test draft to IESG
Jul 2006  Submit refuse draft to IESG
Jul 2006  WG last call of regex draft
Done  WG last call for notification action draft
Done  Submit notification action draft to IESG
Aug 2006  3028bis interop report framework/matrix
Aug 2006  WG last call for loop draft
Sep 2006  Submit loop draft to IESG
Sep 2006  Submit regex action draft to IESG


  • draft-ietf-sieve-body-09.txt
  • draft-ietf-sieve-editheader-11.txt
  • draft-ietf-sieve-refuse-reject-06.txt
  • draft-ietf-sieve-notify-12.txt
  • draft-ietf-sieve-notify-mailto-07.txt
  • draft-ietf-sieve-notify-xmpp-09.txt
  • draft-ietf-sieve-mime-loop-04.txt

    Request For Comments:

    RFC5228 PS Sieve: An Email Filtering Language
    RFC5229 PS Sieve Email Filtering: Variables Extension
    RFC5230 PS Sieve Email Filtering: Vacation Extension
    RFC5231 PS Sieve Email Filtering: Relational Extension
    RFC5232 PS SIEVE Email Filtering: IMAP4flag Extension
    RFC5233 PS Sieve Email Filtering: Subaddress Extension
    RFC5235 PS SIEVE Email Filtering: Spamtest and Virustest Extensions

    Meeting Minutes


    Presentation on Ned's and Alexey's drafts
    Chairs Slides