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[REBOL] Re: SMTP authentication - the answer - but another question

From: gjones05:mail:orion at: 19-Apr-2001 13:32

From: "Nick Kitson"
> Hi Scott, > > I'm now confused again - my Outlook (12/98) & Outlook Express (4/99) have > both implemented SMTP authentication and work successfully with my > authenticating servers. MS are not known to lead the pack in this area so > surely there is standardisation of sorts, (even if it is MS sorts) > > Nick.
Good point. Looks like I've been busted again! Actually, I was not trying to imply that there was some major mystery. Assuming exactly what you have surmised, out of curiosity, I went looking for the RFC that covered the arena and was surprised by what I found (namely, there is no single standard). My guess was that RT didn't really want to get into an area that hadn't solidified. It was just a guess, though, and as any frequent reader of this list knows, I'm willing to publically guess and am sometimes wrong (OK --- it can be frequent some weeks ;-) . What I did with APOP was Telnet to the account and watch the prompts that come up. Then its a matter of matching the prompts with the next steps needed to do business. Before I made yet another lame offer, I did a little homework and realized that there probably is a good reason that RT hasn't already done it. But I don't know. I'm no expert at REBOL, and in fact I'm not even particularly real good at it. But I've got moxie, and that seemed to be a good thing in the old movies. And I'm too dumb to know when to quit, so I usually end up getting things done. When I looked through the list archives and saw that half a dozen people had asked the same question you asked, I was puzzled why the real whizzes didn't just whip something up. But they haven't, and it sounds like RT is up to their eyeballs just keeping their product rollouts going. The problem doesn't seem like it should be that hard, just potentially messy, especially for a nice, well-factored solution. If you've got no other takers, I'll give it a crack. I just need the temporary account in order to see how your service does it. No promises, though, on being able to deliver a solution. --Scott Jones