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Exchange of Attachments with External Applications
Siebel EAI supports bidirectional attachments exchange with external applications using the following two message types:
- MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions). MIME is the industry standard for exchanging multipart messages. The first part of the MIME message is an XML document representing the business object being exchanged and attachments to the object are included as separate parts of the multipart message. MIME is the recommended choice for integrating Siebel Business Applications with other applications.
- Inline XML attachments (Inline Extensible Markup Language). With inline XML attachments, the entire business object you are exchanging, including any attachments, is sent as a single XML file. In this case, attachments are included within the body of the inline XML attachment. Consider using inline XML attachments when integrating two instances of Siebel Business Applications using file attachments. For information, see XML Reference: Siebel Enterprise Application Integration.