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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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Chapter 74. TCP/IP ELECTRONIC MAIL SYSTEM OVERVIEW AND CONCEPTS

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Electronic mail (email) in the TCP/IP protocol suite is not implemented as just a single protocol or technology. Rather, it is a complete system that contains a number of related components that work together. These include standards defining methods for addressing and message formatting and a number of protocols that play different functions in implementing email messaging. Before proceeding to examine each of these pieces, it makes sense to start with an overview of the system as a whole.

In this chapter, I provide an introductory look at TCP/IP email to help you understand the system, ...

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