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draft                  A MIME body part for FAX                 Nov 95

                         A MIME body part for FAX

                       Tue Nov 21 15:32:07 MET 1995

                         Harald Tveit Alvestrand

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    The file name of this version is draft-ietf-mixer-fax-00.txt

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    1.  Introduction

    This document contains the definitions, originally contained in
    RFC 1494, on how to carry CCITT G3Fax in MIME, and how to
    translate it to its X.400 representation.

    This document is an Experimental standard; if it turns out to be
    useful and widely deployed, it can be moved onto the standards

    2.  The image/g3fax content-type

    This content-type is defined to carry G3 Facsimile byte streams.

    In general, a G3Fax image contains 3 pieces of information:

     (1)   A set of flags indicating the particular coding scheme.
           CCITT Recommendation T.30 defines how the flags are
           transmitted over telephones.  In this medium, the flags are
           carried as parameters in the MIME content-type header

     (2)   A structure that divides the bits into pages.  CCITT
           recommendation T.4 describes a "return to command mode"
           string; this is used here to indicate page breaks.

     (3)   For each page, a sequence of bits that form the encoding of
           the image.  CCITT recommendation T.4 defines the bit image
           format.  This is used without change.  The highest bit of
           the first byte is the first bit of the T.4 bitstream.

    2.1.  G3Fax Parameters

    The following parameters are defined:

     (1)   page-length - possible values: A4, B4 and Unlimited

     (2)   page-width - possible values: A3, A4, B4

     (3)   encoding - possible values: 1-dimensional, 2-dimensional,

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     (4)   resolution - possible values: Fine, Coarse

     (5)   DCS - a bit string, represented in Base64.

     (6)   pages - an integer, giving the number of pages in the

    If nothing is specified, the default parameter settings are:


    It is possible (but misleading) to view the representation of
    these values as single-bit flags. They correspond to the following
    bits of the T.30 control string and X.400 G3FacsimileParameters:

    Parameter               T.30 bit        X.400 bit

    page-length=A4             no bit set
    page-length=B4          19              21
    page-length=Unlimited   20              20

    page-width=A4              no bit set
    page-width=A3           18              22
    page-width=B4           17              23

    encoding=1-dimensional     no bit set
    encoding=2-dimensional  16              8
    encoding=Uncompressed   26              30

    resolution=Coarse          no bit set
    resolution=Fine         15              9

    The reason for the different bit numbers is that X.400 counts bits
    in an octet from the MSB down to the LSB, while T.30 uses the
    opposite numbering scheme.

    If any bit but these are set in the Device Control String, the DCS
    parameter should be supplied.

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    2.2.  Content Encoding

    X.400 defines the g3-facsimile data stream as a SEQUENCE of BIT
    STRINGs. Each BIT STRING is a page of facsimile image data,
    encoded as defined by Recommendation T.4.  The following content
    encoding is reversible between MIME and X.400 and ensures that
    page breaks are honored in the MIME representation.

    An EOL is defined as a bit sequence of

       000000000001 (eleven zeroes and a one).

    Each page of the message is delimited by a sequence of six (6)
    EOLs that MUST start on a byte boundary.  The image bit stream is
    padded with zeroes as needed to achieve this alignment.

    Searching for the boundary is a matter of searching for the byte
    sequence (HEX) 00 10 01 00 10 01 00 10 01, which cannot occur
    inside the image.

    See Section 7.5 for the algorithm on conversion between this
    encoding and the X.400 encoding.

    The Base64 content-transfer-encoding is appropriate for carrying
    this content-type.

    3.  g3-facsimile - image/g3fax

    X.400 Body part: g3-facsimile
    MIME Content-Type: image/g3fax
    Conversion Type: nearly Byte copy

    The Parameters of the X.400 G3Fax body part are mapped to the
    corresponding Parameters on the MIME Image/G3Fax body part and
    vice versa.  Note that:

     (1)   If fineResolution is not specified, pixels will be twice as
           tall as they are wide

     (2)   If any bit not corresponding to a specially named option is
           set in the G3Fax NonBasicParameters, the "DCS" parameter

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           must be used.

     (3)   Interworking is not guaranteed if any bit apart from those
           specially named are used in the NonBasicParameters

    From X.400 to G3Fax, the body is created in the following way:

     (1)   Any trailing EOL markers on each bitstring is removed. The
           bit order is changed to conform to the most common Internet
           encoding (highest bit of first byte = first bit of the
           G3Fax). The bitstring is padded to a byte boundary.

     (2)   6 consecutive EOL markers are appended to each bitstring.

     (3)   The padded bitstrings are concatenated together

    An EOL marker is the bit sequence 000000000001 (11 zeroes and a

    From G3Fax to X.400, the body is created in the following way:

     (1)   The body is split into bitstrings at each occurrence of 6
           consecutive EOL markers. Trailing EOLs must NOT be removed,
           since the X.400 Implementor Guide recommends that each page
           should end with 6 consecutive EOLs.  (This is a change from
           RFC 1494).

     (2)   Each bitstring is made into an ASN.1 BITSTRING, reversing
           the order of bits within each byte to conforom to the X.400
           Implementors Guide recommendation for bit order in the
           G3Fax body part.

     (3)   The bitstrings are made into an ASN.1 SEQUENCE, which forms
           the body of the G3Fax body part.

    4.  Security considerations

    Security issues are not consiered in this memo.

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         RFC 1521: N. Borenstein, N. Freed, "MIME  (Multipurpose
         Internet Mail Extensions) Part One:  Mechanisms for
         Specifying and Describing the Format of Internet Message
         Bodies", 09/23/1993

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