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Frequently Asked Questions for IMAP Access
Q. What is IMAP?

A. IMAP is Internet Message Access Protocol. It allows software to access and manipulate electronic mail messages on a server.

Q. Why would I want to use IMAP?

A. IMAP allows you to access your Netscape Connect mail through another mail software package such as Outlook Express or Netscape Messenger..

Q. What mail software packages are supported?

A. Netscape Messenger and Outlook Express are the two certified clients (or software packages). Other clients may be used, but any issues encountered will not have as high of priority as Netscape Messenger and Outlook Express.
 
Advanced User Questions
Q. How are attached file sent/received?

A. In Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) format, including multiple extensions.

Q. How does IMAP treat embedded images?

A. Embedded images sent by an SMTP client are treated as attachments. Images sent by an AOL or Netscape Connect mail client to an IMAP client will not be shown.

Q. Does IMAP support Latin-1 character sets?

A. Yes, IMAP does support ISO-8859-1 (Latin-1) and US-ASCII character sets.

Q. Does IMAP support folder operations (Create/Delete/Rename/Copy) on the host?

A. No.

Q. Does IMAP support APPENDing to a folder on the host?

A. No.

Q. Is searching supported?

A. No.
 
Sending attachments with IMAP
IMAP allows sending/receiving single attached files similar to Netscape Connect's current Internet mail gateway as follows:


 
Netscape Connect Client
(user will see)
IMAP Client
(user will see)
Netscape Connect Client (sends attachment as)AttachmentMIME Attachment
SMTP Client (sends MIME attachment as)Decoded AttachmentDecoded and reconstituted MIME attachment

IMAP allows sending/receiving multiple attached files similar to Netscape Connect's current Internet mail gateway as follows:


 
Netscape Connect Client
(user will see)
IMAP Client
(user will see)
Netscape Connect Client (sends single zipped S2000 attachment) Single zipped Netscape Connect attachment) Single zipped MIME Attachment
SMTP Client (sends multiple MIME attachment as)Undecoded single .MIM attachment Reconstituted multiple MIME attachments

IMAP allows sending/receiving rich text/HTML as follows:


 
Netscape Connect Client
(user will see)
IMAP Client
(user will see)
Netscape Connect Client "text/html" (sends pseudo-HTML in standard text stream) Pseudo-HTML in standardsa Reconstituted standard HTML in "text/HTML" mime body
SMTP Client (sends standard HTML part in "text/HTML" MIME supported body part) Pseudo HTML in standard text stream. (Netscape Connect supported tags are converted. Unsupported tags are left as is and shown to the user.) Reconstituted standard HTML in Text/HTML mime body. (Attributes, such as fonts, not supported or only partially supported by the Netscape Connect client may be lost.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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