Standard Usenet Message Format

The Usenet Message Format is specified in RFC1036 and is based on the Internet Mail message format. Messages consist of headers and a body.

RFC1036 describes the use, form, and purpose of required headers....

...and optional headers:

See Also
RFC1036 as a single document at:

Also, there is a work in progress which is a successor of RFC1036 which incorporates MIME.

Tim Pierce wrote software to do RFC1036 compliance checking on the "from" header available as a shell archive.

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