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Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) is an internet standard which extends the format of an email to support the text in character sets, the non text attachments, message bodies with several parts, the header information to be presented in non ASCII characters. Basically MIME was designed for SMTP protocol, but today its use has grown beyond the limits of simply describing the content of an email.
Now it often includes describing the content in general as well, including the content for web, and also acts as a storage source for rich content in certain commercial products. MIME defines several new mechanisms for sending various types of information in the email like, text in other languages except for simple english using the character encodings.
The content kinds defined by MIME standards stand of great importance outside an email, as in communication protocols like HTTP for World Wide Web.
MIME is the abbreviation for Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions. MIME types give a standard way of classifying the types of files on the internet. Various internet programs such as Web browsers and Web servers have proper lists of the MIME types, so that they can easily transfer the same file in the very same way, no matter on what operating system they are working.
A MIME type consists of two parts: first is ‘a type’ and the second is ‘a subtype’. These both parts are separated by a slash (/). Example, the MIME type for Microsoft Word files is ‘application’ and the subtype is ‘MSWord’. Together the complete MIME type is ‘application/MSWord’. Though there is a full flourished list of various MIME types, it does not list the extensions associated with different files.