Simple Internet Mail Message: An Example
Topic Last Modified: 2004-06-08
As you can see in the following sample of a message's contents, the format described in RFC 822 produces messages readable with little difficulty by humans.
The first few lines, from the first instance of "Received" to "Precedence", are headers. These lines define the recipients, the sender, the date, and other information involved with message transmission.
Following the headers is a blank line. This is marked by the consecutive occurrence of the four characters CR, LF, CR, LF. After this blank line starts the body of the message. In the following example, only the final few lines make up the message body.
Received: from email@example.com Message-Id: <v0214040cad6a13935723@> Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" Date: Mon, 4 Jun 1998 09:43:14 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: John Smith <email@example.com> Subject: Happy Birthday Precedence: bulk Happy Birthday! See you this evening, Joe