XProc 3.0: mail steps

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Norman Walsh
Achim Berndzen
Gerrit Imsieke
Erik Siegel
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Abstract

This specification describes optional mail related steps for XProc 3.0: An XML Pipeline Language.

Status of this Document

This document is an editor's draft that has no official standing.

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1. Introduction

This specification describes optional mail related XProc steps. A machine-readable description of these steps may be found in steps.xpl.

Familarity with the general nature of [XProc 3.0] steps is assumed; for background details, see [XProc 3.0 Steps].

2. p:send-mail

The p:send-mail step sends an email message.

<p:declare-step type="p:send-mail">
     <p:input port="source" sequence="true" content-types="xml"/>
     <p:output port="result"/>
</p:declare-step>

The first document on the source port is expected to conform to [XML format for mail]. Any additional documents are treated as attachments.

The em:content may contain either text or HTML. To send some other type as the first message body, you must leave the em:content element out of the first document and supply the body as a second document.

Document properties

No document properties are preserved.

3. Step Errors

These steps can raise dynamic errors.

[Definition: A dynamic error is one which occurs while a pipeline is being evaluated.] Examples of dynamic errors include references to URIs that cannot be resolved, steps which fail, and pipelines that exhaust the capacity of an implementation (such as memory or disk space). For a more complete discussion of dynamic errors, see Dynamic Errors in XProc 3.0: An XML Pipeline Language.

If a step fails due to a dynamic error, failure propagates upwards until either a p:try is encountered or the entire pipeline fails. In other words, outside of a p:try, step failure causes the entire pipeline to fail.

The following errors can be raised by this step:

A. Conformance

Conformant processors must implement all of the features described in this specification except those that are explicitly identified as optional.

Some aspects of processor behavior are not completely specified; those features are either implementation-dependent or implementation-defined.

[Definition: An implementation-dependent feature is one where the implementation has discretion in how it is performed. Implementations are not required to document or explain how implementation-dependent features are performed.]

[Definition: An implementation-defined feature is one where the implementation has discretion in how it is performed. Conformant implementations must document how implementation-defined features are performed.]

A.1. Implementation-defined features

The following features are implementation-defined:

    A.2. Implementation-dependent features

    The following features are implementation-dependent:

      B. References

      [XML format for mail] Internet Draft: An XML Format for mail and other messages. G. Klyne. Network Working Group, IETF, April 2002.

      [XProc 3.0] XProc 3.0: An XML Pipeline Language. Norman Walsh, Achim Berndzen, Gerrit Imsieke and Erik Siegel, editors.

      [XProc 3.0 Steps] XProc 3.0 Steps: An Introduction. Norman Walsh, Achim Berndzen, Gerrit Imsieke and Erik Siegel, editors.

      C. Glossary

      dynamic error

      A dynamic error is one which occurs while a pipeline is being evaluated.

      implementation-defined

      An implementation-defined feature is one where the implementation has discretion in how it is performed. Conformant implementations must document how implementation-defined features are performed.

      implementation-dependent

      An implementation-dependent feature is one where the implementation has discretion in how it is performed. Implementations are not required to document or explain how implementation-dependent features are performed.

      D. Ancillary files

      This specification includes by reference a number of ancillary files.

      steps.xpl

      An XProc step library for the declared steps.