Direct Internet Message Encapsulation (DIME)
A protocol that specifies the format for a multipart internet message body such as a Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) message. A DIME message defines a container consisting of a series of message parts or chunks. The DIME protocol extends the MIME protocol. Like MIME, the message is put in a flat format to transmit over a network. After an application receives the message, it must concatenate the message into a complete entity, then recast the message into a data format the application can use. DIME supports processing messages using either MIME or a reference to a Universal Resource Identifier (URI). Using a URI, an application can load a plug-in to function as a special handler for a media type.
Related terms
application, container, data, format, Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME), plug-in, protocol, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), uniform resource identifier (URI)

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