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Re: [idn] WG last call summary
> (Short term) solution on Internet tends to be widespread as legacy
> which will hardly obsoleted without fundamental flaws which prevent
> users from using it anymore.
Of course, but such a transition would go unnoticed if done correctly.
Example: A special SMTP handshake wich would be ignored by old
implementations (servers or clients) and acted upon by newer software.
The end user wouldn't notice anything but an improvement in performance on
When the special handshake would go into effect, the sockets on both sides
would go from being line-based to becoming transparent. The protocol could
be based on single byte commands, length dwords and such, to allow for
content independent encapsulation with a non-existant encoding overhead.
New servers would use Unicode for internal representation of the plain
text content of messages. Whenever mail would be exchanged with an old
server, one way or the other, the new server would do the nessecary
encoding/decoding and/or encapsulation.
The first servers to be upgraded would barely use the new protocol. The
handshake would simply not generate a reply at any server or client. This
has to be expected and accepted during the transition from one protocol to
another. The effect of the new protocol would be the gradual improvement
in effective bandwidth usage on the Internet.
Another idea would be the addition of compression. One (or the
implementation) could choose to compress individual message parts,
individual messages or the entire content of the inbox of a mail account.
This would also improve bandwidth usage, and have a noticable effect on
servers exchanging large amounts of mail.
I can only see advantages.
Thor Harald Johansen