00:59, 25 Apr 2001 UTC | Simon St.Laurent

Jonathan Borden announced an update to XMTP, 2.0, which represents MIME-encoded content as XML or RDF.

XMTP, the XML MIME Transformation Protocol (formerly the eXtensible Mail Transport Protocol), provides a mapping which gives developers more control over processing of MIME-encoded messages:

"XMTP implements an XML Grove for MIME, where the result of parsing a MIME document is a logical XML structure (otherwise known as an Infoset). The java project referenced above implements an XML Grove for MIME by parsing a MIME character stream into a SAX event stream, which is one of the incarnations of an XML Grove."

The documentation for XMTP is provided as a RDDL document at the namespace URI http://www.openhealth.org/xmtp#. Apart from the new application of RDDL, changes are relatively minor:

"The mapping has been slightly modified to make it RDF 1.0 compliant (this was a relatively small modification)."

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Re: XMTP maps MIME to XML (Eric van der Vlist - 09:21, 8 May 2001)

It could be very usefull for email archives.

Storing emails as XML documents would IMHO be much more intelligent than storing them as HTML since you can apply whatever stylesheet you want and can access each SMTP header directly.

Being RDF compliant allows you furthermore to use a RDF database as an index and I found this very clever as well.

My 0,02 Euros.

Re: XMTP maps MIME to XML (nobody - 23:42, 7 May 2001)

Wow, this looks pretty useless.

I guess it lets you put MIME messages in an XML document, and know some stuff about it via the XML, without parsing the MIME message?

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