Common Email Addressing project
The purpose of this project is to provide a shared common Email address
where a user can then have an access-provider independent Email address.
A user would be given a Unique UserID where email to
UserID@Common.Domain would be forwarded on to the final mailbox
destination of the user. As the user moves from provider to provider,
they only need to update database entry indicating where the
final destination mailbox is.
What DNS is for 'domain' in 'user@domain', this project should become for
- This should be based on standard software tools that can easily be
installed on any host wishing to be part of the shared domain - Sendmail
V8.7 seems to be a good start.
- There is not a single point of entry host, so no single host is seen
as the owner of the domain, nor will any single host or organization
need to take on the full load of this Email domain. The Aliases database
needs to be distributed amongst many hosts.
- Maintenance of the database should be shared.
- There should not be a requirement that UserID be unique outside of
it's own domain. If flora.ottawa.on.ca is a host for the domain,
UserID@flora.ottawa.on.ca should not need to be the same person as
The technology chosen for this project is the distributed naming system used within the MailDomain project. This technology allows for all of the different options required.
Other naming documents
An archived mailing list email@example.com
was created to discuss Email related projects.
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