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ALSO CALLED: Internet Mail Exchange, Multimedia Extensions, Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, Internet Mail Extensions, Multimedia Internet Mail Extensions, Multimedia Internet Mail Exchange
DEFINITION: What is MIME?MIME (Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions) is an extension of the original Internet e-mail protocol that lets people use the protocol to exchange different kinds of data files on the Internet: audio, video, images, application programs, and other kinds, as well as the ASCII text handled in the original protocol, the Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP). In 1991, Nathan Borenstein  … 
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MIME DEFINITION (continued): …  of Bellcore proposed to the IETF that SMTP be extended so that Internet (but mainly Web) clients and servers could recognize and handle other kinds of data than ASCII text. As a result, new file types were added to "mail" as a supported Internet Protocol file type.Servers insert the MIME header at the beginning of any Webtransmission. Clients use this header to select an appropriate "player"application for the type of data the header indicates. Some of these players are built into the Web client or browser (for example, all browsers come with GIF and JPEG image players as well as the ability … 
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