Receipt Notifications for Internet Mail (receipt)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of that in effect at the time of the 38th IETF Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. It may now be out-of-date.


Urs Eppenberger <>
Ned Freed <>

Applications Area Director(s): 

Keith Moore <>
Harald Alvestrand <>

Area Advisor: 

Keith Moore <>

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Description of Working Group: 

There is a wide interest of e-mail users to know if and when a message has been shown to a (human) recipient. This functionality is available for a number of PC e-mail systems and within X.400. The receipt working group will specify the necessary extensions to support this functionality within the Internet Mail environment and optionally also specify the necessary mappings for MIXER gateways. 

The result of this work will be a Proposed Standard specifying:

·   The mechanism used for requesting that the recipient issue a read-receipt. 
·   The format used for transferring read-receipts. 
·   The advice on the privacy and security issues involved in read-receipts.
Goals and Milestones:

Jul 95 

Meet at Stockholm IETF (as a BOF) to define concepts and basic functionality.

Oct 95 

Submit first version of Internet-Draft.

Dec 95 

Review Internet-Draft at Dallas IETF meeting.

Jul 96 

Submit Internet-Draft to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard.


· An Extensible Message Format for Message Disposition Notifications

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