2.1.15 Sieve Mail Filtering Language (sieve)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 77th IETF Meeting in Anaheim, California USA. It may now be out-of-date.

Last Modified: 2010-03-25


Cyrus Daboo <cyrus@daboo.name>
Aaron Stone <aaron@serendipity.cx>

Applications Area Director(s):

Alexey Melnikov <alexey.melnikov@isode.com>
Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter@stpeter.im>

Applications Area Advisor:

Alexey Melnikov <alexey.melnikov@isode.com>

Mailing Lists:

General Discussion: sieve@ietf.org
To Subscribe: sieve-request@ietf.org
In Body: 'subscribe'
Archive: http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/sieve/current/maillist.html

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
Done  Submit 3028bis to IESG
Done  Submit editheader draft to IESG
Done  Submit body test draft to IESG
Done  WG last call for notification action draft
Done  Submit notification action draft to IESG
Done  Submit refuse-reject to IESG
Done  Submit notify-mailto to IESG
Done  WGLC iHave
Done  Submit mime-loops to IESG
Done  WGLC Notary
Done  Submit iHave to IESG
Done  Submit Notary to IESG
Done  WGLC sieve-in-xml
Done  WGLC ManageSIEVE
Done  Submit sieve-in-xml to IESG
Done  Submit ManageSIEVE to IESG
Done  WGLC Notify-sip
Jan 2009  Submit Notify-sip to IESG
Done  WGLC Metadata
Feb 2009  WGLC RegEx
Done  Submit Metadata to IESG
Mar 2009  Submit RegEx to IESG
Mar 2009  WGLC Include/multi-script
Apr 2009  Submit Include/multi-script to IESG
Apr 2009  WGLC external-lists
May 2009  Submit external-lists to IESG
May 2009  WGLC eai-issues
Jun 2009  Submit eai-issues to IESG
Jun 2009  WGLC benefits
Jul 2009  Submit benefits to IESG
Jul 2009  Submit benefits to IESG
Aug 2009  Submit test-scripts to IESG


  • draft-ietf-sieve-regex-01.txt
  • draft-freed-sieve-notary-09.txt
  • draft-ietf-sieve-managesieve-09.txt
  • draft-ietf-sieve-external-lists-02.txt
  • draft-ietf-sieve-imap-sieve-00.txt

    Request For Comments:

    RFC5173 PS Sieve Email Filtering: Body Extension
    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
    RFC5293 Standard Sieve Email Filtering: Editheader Extension
    RFC5429 PS Sieve Email Filtering: Reject and Extended Reject Extensions
    RFC5435 PS SIEVE Email Filtering: Extension for Notifications
    RFC5436 PS Sieve Notification Mechanism: mailto
    RFC5437 PS Sieve Notification Mechanism: xmpp
    RFC5463 PS Sieve Email Filtering: Ihave Extension
    RFC5490 PS The Sieve Mail-Filtering Language -- Extensions for Checking Mailbox Status and Accessing Mailbox Metadata
    RFC5703 PS Sieve Email Filtering: MIME part Tests, Iteration, Extraction, Replacement and Enclosure
    RFC5784 PS Sieve Email Filtering: Sieves and Display Directives in XML

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