FAQ - What is MIME encoding?

Problem:

What is MIME encoding?

Solution:

MIME means Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions

It is an official Internet standard that specifies how messages must be formatted so that they can be exchanged between different email systems.

When an e-mail contains an attachment, MIME must specify what type of file the attachment is, so the computer knows how to open the file.

For example, if someone sends you a picture via e-mail, your e-mail software needs to allow you to display the picture. If someone sends you a sound file, the email software needs to know that it is a sound file and how to play it.

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Document #: 340     Author: Shawn Shelton    
Last Modified by: Cynthia Senicka on 02/24/2012