Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) provides a means of conducting
structured transactions between trading partners. The delivery
mechanism for these types of transactions in a paper world has been
the postal system, so it is to be expected that electronic mail would
serve as a natural delivery mechanism for electronic transactions.
This specification permits formatted electronic business interchanges
to be encapsulated within MIME messages [Bore92]. For the
specification effort, the basic building block from EDI is an
This specification pertains only to the encapsulation of EDI objects
within the MIME environment. It intends no changes in those objects
from the primary specifications that define the syntax and semantics
of them. EDI transactions take place through a variety of carriage
and exchange mechanisms. This specification adds to that repertoire,
by permitting convenient carriage through Internet email.