Glossary: Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extension (MIME)

A Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extension (MIME) is a supplement to the standard email protocol (SMTP) which defines the data format of email. Thanks to MIME, file attachments can be sent and text emails extended with HTML versions. MIME makes it possible to exchange information between the sender and the receiver about the type of data transmitted and to specify a character encoding that is secure for the used transmission path at the same time. Thereby, users are being enabled to share files such as audios, pictures, or videos over the internet.


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