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Name Internet Message Format
Other names  
Identifiers PUID:  fmt/278
MIME:  message/rfc822
Classification Email
Disclosure Full
Description Defined in RFC5322 the Internet Message Format provides a syntax for text messages that are sent among computer users, within the framework of "electronic mail". Consisting of header fields and an optional body, encoded using ASCII characters. The Internet Message Format (*.eml) is a format used by numerous email systems. The format does not prevent the use of alternative formats for storage of electronic mail on those systems.
Byte order  
Related file formats Has lower priority than Hypertext Markup Language (4.0)
Has lower priority than MHTML  
Has lower priority than MIME Email (1.0)
Has priority over Hypertext Markup Language  
Technical Environment  
Supported until  
Format Risk  
Developed by None.
Supported by None.
Source Digital Preservation Department / The National Archives
Source date 22 Jul 2010
Source description  
Last updated 23 Jul 2010
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