The Technical Development of Internet Email

Craig Partridge
2008 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing  
Development and evolution of the technologies and standards for Internet email took more than 20 years, and arguably is still under way. The protocols to move email between systems and the rules for formatting messages have evolved, and been largely replaced at least once. This article traces that evolution, with a focus on why things look as they do today.
doi:10.1109/mahc.2008.32 fatcat:s67weiiytvcqlfvoacitoukk5e