extcompose(1)                                       extcompose(1)

NAME
       extcompose  -  Compose  a  reference  to external data for
       inclusion in a mail message

SYNOPSIS
       extcompose  file-name

DESCRIPTION
       The extcompose program will allow a user  on  a  properly-
       equipped  workstation  to  enter  the  appropriate data to
       enable a mail message he is sending to make  reference  to
       "external" data, that is, data that is not included in the
       mail message itself  but is  otherwise  available  on  the
       network via a suitable mechanism.

       The  user  will be prompted for all necessary information.
       External data may be referenced as local or AFS files,  as
       files  available  for FTP (anonymous or authenticated), or
       as data available via a mailserver  mechanism.   The  user
       will  be  asked  to  provide  a MIME content-type value to
       describe the type of data being referenced, and to specify
       whether  or  not the data has been encoded with one of the
       algorithms for encoding data for email.  (Such encoding is
       not  necessary,  and is in fact inefficient and silly when
       used with externally referenced data.)

       This program is intended primarily to be called from mail-
       cap files by programs like mailto(1).

SEE ALSO
       showexternal(1), mailto(1), metamail(1)

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright  (c)  1992  Bell  Communications  Research, Inc.
       (Bellcore)

       Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this mate-
       rial  for  any  purpose and without fee is hereby granted,
       provided that the above copyright notice and this  permis-
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       Bellcore not be used in advertising or publicity  pertain-
       ing  to  this material without the specific, prior written
       permission of an authorized  representative  of  Bellcore.
       BELLCORE  MAKES  NO  REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR
       SUITABILITY OF THIS MATERIAL FOR ANY PURPOSE.  IT IS  PRO-
       VIDED  "AS IS", WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES.

AUTHOR
       Nathaniel S. Borenstein, Bellcore

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