Re: Internet Mail Addressing Question !!

Eliot Lear (agate!bionet!lear@ucbvax.Berkeley.EDU)
24 Oct 88 07:45:48 GMT

Bill Lewandowski asks about the use of '%' in addresses.

I don't remember if/when '%' was mentioned as far as the RFCs are
concerned. I am fairly certain it is not listed in the RFCs you

RFC822 doesn't mention '%' so I assume it is treated as a local
character. In theory, a route-addr requires a host to be registered.
I am told that this is what made '%' popular. People needed ways to
send mail to other networks, such as BITNET, where machines were not

Eliot Lear

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