IMAP is the Internet Message Access Protocol. It was developed in 1986 at Stanford University; however, it has been overshadowed by less sophisticated mail protocols, such as POP (Post Office Protocol). IMAP allows the user to manipulate mail on the server as if it existed locally.
PHP implements IMAP 4, the latest incarnation described in RFmessagesC 1730. More information may be obtained at <http://www.imap.org/>, the IMAP Connection.
IMAP support may be compiled directly into PHP or loaded as an extension. The extension has benefited from the work of many authors: Kaj-Michael Lang, Rasmus Lerdorf, Rex Logan, Mark Musone, Antoni Pamies Olive, Zeev Suraski, and Brian Wang.
The imap_8bit function converts an ...