>>>>> "JBB" == James B Byrne <email@example.com> writes:
JBB> Has there been any discussion about providing a MIME compliant mail
JBB> digest format as an option for the digest transmission?
Well, if we're even going to pretend to properly pass MIME, we have no
choice but to embed all of the messages in a multipart/digest.
JBB> I suppose that this is a MUA specific capability and that there exist
JBB> MUA's that provide the same functionality as the MIME digest using the
JBB> embedded headers, but I haven't run across them myself.
Well, anything that supports MIME should support a multipart/digest.
That's quite a large amount of software these days. Unfortunately it
doesn't cover everything, and that is the main argument against MIME
digests: they're a bit difficult to read if you don't have MIME tools.
Strict adherence to RFC1153 for old-style digests is by definition toxic to
MIME, and I would find it odd to bend that regulation in order to stick in
MIME headers in a manner which probably won't work well.
There probably isn't an all-encompassing solution, but I think the one that
looks forward (i.e. MIME multipart/digest) makes the most sense.