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Help with my mail address

In article <24qd8k$4jp@garnet.msen.com> Mike O'Connor <mjo@msen.com>
replies to John Critchley's question about the meaning of a!b@c:
>Its meaning is not explicitly defined in any SMTP RFC -- these are
>both "hacks"...  the real solution is to play in the DNS world, get a
>domain, MXing, and be happy.

It *is* defined in RFC 976, which helpfully (:-) notes that their
definition (@ comes first) is diametrically opposed to the common
practice.

>:And what about list format: <@espace.rain.com:ted@forth>
>:{Note that list format must be enclosed between a bra and ket}

What are bras and kets?

>Forget the list format/source-based routing.  Lots of MTAs don't know
>how to deal with addresses like this.

I've encountered MUAs that didn't understand source routes, but never
an MTA.  Note that source routes are deprecated by RFC 1123.

Tim.
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From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: comp.mail.misc
Subject: Re: Help with my mail address (And what he should use in the meantim
Date: 19 Aug 1993 13:27:17 +0100
Organization: Pipex Ltd, Cambridge, UK.
Message-ID: <24vrj5$7d4@tank.pipex.net>
References: <24ofs5$qgp@garnet.msen.com> <PJJe9B1w165w@uujohn.ibmpcug.co.uk>
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